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Tampa man gets nearly 22 years for being a felon with a gun

TAMPA — A Tampa man with a criminal history that includes a conviction for manslaughter was sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison Monday for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

U.S. District Court Judge Steven Merryday sentenced Willie C. Toney, 67.

He was convicted at trial in July.

Tampa police arrested Toney in 2009 after a report of shots fired in the Grant Park area.

Witnesses said Toney had been threatening residents and fired two shots in the yard of a woman who was then his girlfriend.

Officers spotted Toney and arrested him after a brief foot chase.

Officers said they saw him toss a .25-caliber pistol and ammunition for the gun in Toney's pocket.

Tampa man gets nearly 22 years for being a felon with a gun 10/01/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 1, 2012 11:05pm]
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