Clearwater man, Gerard Graves, 27, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for unlawful possession of firearms in a school zone.

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According to court documents, on May 27, 2015, the Drug Enforcement Administration learned through a confidential informant (CI) that Graves, a convicted felon, was attempting to sell a shotgun.

The CI, under DEA supervision, spoke with Graves and arranged a time and place to purchase the firearm. Graves arrived at the agreed upon location in Clearwater and sold a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition to the CI.

On July 9, 2019, Graves contacted the CI and said he had another firearm for sale. The CI, under DEA supervision, met with Graves the next day at another location in Clearwater where Graves sold the CI a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol and ammunition. Both firearm sales occurred within 1,000 feet of a school.

Graves had pleaded guilty on July 19, 2019.