25 years in prison

for Reddick man

A Reddick man will spend the next 25 years in a federal prison for weapons and drug possession.

Senior U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore sentenced Javon Demetrius Fredericks, 40, on Aug. 29. Earlier this year, a jury found Fredericks guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime and possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances.

The case is part of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods Program (PSNP), a nationwide plan aimed at reducing violent crimes in communities.

Federal officials said Ocala police officials came upon Fredericks at Parkside Gardens Apartments, a public housing complex at 621 NW Second St., the morning of Sept. 29. Fredericks tried to hide a hand-rolled cigarette that had drugs, police officials said. The officers found a loaded handgun in Fredericks' pants.

Searching Fredericks, officials said they also found drugs such as MDMA or ecstasy, bath salts and cocaine. His past criminal convictions qualifies him as an armed career criminal and a career offender.

Ocala police officials, along with the FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. U.S. Assistant Attorney Robert E. Bodnar prosecuted.

One of 12 stolen guns

found in Muncie, Indiana

A gun stolen from the Rural King store in Ocala several weeks ago has been recovered in Muncie, Indiana, officials say.

Ocala police said they received a call Wednesday from their counterparts in Muncie. That agency had recovered a handgun in a case it is investigating. The weapon is a Walther PK .380, one of a dozen guns stolen from Rural King, 2999 NW 10th St., the night of July 26.

So far, only two of the 12 stolen guns have been found, according to local authorities.

Three people — Carlos Eduardo Hampton, 22; his brother, 18-year-old Qwintin E. Augustus; and Jonathan Arthur Floyd, 21 — have been charged with armed burglary, grand theft of a firearm and criminal mischief in connection with the Rural King theft. Hampton and Augustus are from Muncie.

They were caught in Zephyrhills by Zephyrhills police after a Rural King there was burglarized and 15 guns were stolen. All 15 guns were found by the officers.

Local authorities are searching for a fourth individual who they believe is involved with the break-in and theft of the guns in the Ocala Rural King case.

Anyone with information can call Detective Sean Young at 369-7118. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP, or visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com.