Orlando felon gets 15 years for illegal firearms possession

An Orlando man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to a Justice Department news release, 37-year-old Mario Donate Lockhart pleaded guilty to the charge in March 2017 and was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his multiple prior felony convictions.

On Aug. 29, 2016, Lockhart held up a loaded semiautomatic firearm and threatened to kill someone. He then pointed the gun at someone else as Orlando police officers arrived at the scene.

The officers ordered Lockhart to drop the weapon, but the man instead fled the scene with gun in hand. Shortly after, he was arrested and the gun recovered.

The ATF and Orlando Police Department investigated the case. It was prosecuted as part of the Justice Department’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, which is meant to reduce gun violence in communities around the country.