Friday, November 24, 2017
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Onetime Pagan's Motorcycle Club 'enforcer' prison-bound on gun charge

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TAMPA — A man once known to law enforcement as the Florida "enforcer" for the Pagan's Motorcycle Club is headed back to federal prison to serve piggyback sentences for gun crimes.

Kenneth DiFranco, 57, soured his federal probation last summer by getting caught with a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol at a crash scene in Hudson.

As a felon several times over — with five New Jersey convictions on charges that include burglary and aggravated assault — DiFranco can't legally own guns.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington sentenced him to 21 months.

The clock won't start until he first serves 27 months for violating the terms of his supervised release, stemming from a 2002 federal case out of Ocala that also involved possession of a weapon.

The combined four years will be followed by another three years of supervised release.

The rules for that eventual release have already been written and included in court records, most notably, these 14 words:

"The defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or any other dangerous weapon."

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