Clearwater man sentenced to federal prison on firearms charge
A Clearwater man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after admitting he was a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Michael Anthony Moody, 28, of Clearwater, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years and nine months by U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr., according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill. Moody, who pleaded guilty in October, was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act because of his extensive criminal history. According to court documents, deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office stopped Moody for a vehicle window tint violation on May 8 and found him trying to destroy a marijuana joint he was smoking.During a search of the vehicle, officers found a loaded Hi-Point 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, with an attached laser and pressure switch attached to the grip, the news release said. At the time he was arrested, Moody had 18 felony convictions dating to age 16, including multiple violent crime and narcotics offenses, the news release said.