Englewood man convicted on federal weapons charge

Chambliss, 45, is facing a minimum of 15 years in federal prison.

ENGLEWOOD, Fl. (WFLA) – A 45-year-old Sarasota County man is facing a mandatory sentence of 15 years in federal prison following his conviction on a weapons charge.

Earnest L. Chambliss was found guilty on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was indicted in November, 2015 and is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

According to a Department of Justice release Chambliss sold a firearm to a confidential informant. Due to a handful of prior convictions federal law prohibited Chambliss from having a gun or ammunition.

The case was investigated by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Chambliss has an extensive criminal history and has served four stints in the state prison system for convictions out of Charlotte County. His previous charges include battery on a law enforcement officer, drug possession, felony fleeing to elude and grand theft auto.


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