Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Keo Ibua Mike (29, Ocala) today pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Mike faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to court documents, on or about November 7, 2019, law enforcement officers arrested Mike on outstanding warrants at an Ocala house that smelled strongly of marijuana. Investigators obtained a search warrant and recovered methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and MDMA from the home. They also located three loaded firearms in the attic, including an AR-15 “ghost” pistol (with no manufacturer markings) and an AK-47 rifle. Photos from Mike’s social media account showed him holding the AR-15 pistol hours before the arrest. DNA testing by the FBI later conclusively linked him to other two firearms. Mike’s prior felony convictions include aggravated assault with a firearm (2009) and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon (2014). As a convicted felon, Mike is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
This case was investigated by the City of Ocala Police Department, the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.