Escambia Man Gets 76 Months In Federal Prison For Firearm Possession By Convicted Felon

January 15, 2020

An Escambia County man has sentenced to more than six years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Charleston Pierre Wiggins, 32, was sentenced to 76 months.

On April 29, 2019, the Pensacola Police Department responded to a shots fired report. As a result of its investigation, PPD learned that Wiggins, a convicted felon, and another individual with whom he had a dispute, exchanged gunfire. During the exchange, Wiggins was shot in the leg. The PPD officers who located Wiggins followed a blood trail that led them to the pistol witnesses saw Wiggins carrying as he attempted to flee the area. The officers determined that the firearm, a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistol, was stolen.

“We will vigorously prosecute those whose actions recklessly endanger the public,” U.S. Attorney Keefe said. “This convicted felon chose to arm himself with a firearm and now he will pay the heavy consequences for his actions.”

This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws..


10 Responses to “Escambia Man Gets 76 Months In Federal Prison For Firearm Possession By Convicted Felon”

  1. Brasi on January 17th, 2020 7:45 am

    @noexcuses- You do 85% in the state too! And trust overcrowded doesn’t mean anything they will just build more prisons!

  2. No Excuses on January 16th, 2020 3:42 pm


    Not from federal prison he won’t. He’ll serve a mandatory 85% of his time if he’s good. If not, 100% Then, at least 5 years of probation. If he blinks wrong, he’s back in for the rest of his probationary time. He’ll be gone for a while. He won’t be right back out. That’s the state system. They’re very overcrowded.

  3. Hmmm on January 16th, 2020 3:07 pm

    @elmer The state likes to send these cases to the feds… saves the state money on the whole ordeal, and the feds also have tougher laws and hand out longer sentences on Felon in Poss of a Firearm charges.

    Also, since he has previous charges, and he was actually using the gun and it was stolen, he’s very lucky he didn’t get a Armed Career Criminal designation from the feds in which case the minimum mandatory sentence would have been 15 years.

    And @sam.. won’t be exactly no time… he’ll have to do a minimum of about 5 and half years, if he doesn’t get any shots in prison.

  4. sam on January 16th, 2020 7:45 am

    he’ll be back on the street in no time at all. the justice system works on a revolving door.

  5. Rufus on January 16th, 2020 4:59 am

    Nathan, it’s a fact that many people who are released from prison go back sooner or later. That’s why the law was passed so that previously convicted felons wouldn’t want to go back. Guess that’s another gun law that felons don’t pay any attention to. He gave up his ‘right’ when he was found guilty the first time.

  6. No Excuses on January 15th, 2020 5:52 pm

    He may get out in 72 months, but he’ll have about that long to serve probation. If he violates, he goes back to prison for the rest of his probationary period. He doesn’t seem too interested in doing right, so he’ll probably be back in. Since his crime involves a gun and public safety, he’ll go behind the fence and not to a camp.

  7. Cathy M on January 15th, 2020 3:23 pm

    Gotta love the comments defending his right to have a gun. Except his gun was stolen. And he had a gun battle in public where others could have gotten hurt.

  8. ensley boy on January 15th, 2020 10:05 am

    Sooooo he will get out at the age of 38 and continue his crime spree.

  9. Nathan on January 15th, 2020 8:56 am

    If he had not had that gun he might be dead. So he gets all that prison time for protecting himself?.how he someone with a felon supposed to .someone shooting at you you suppossed to just allow it . You can’t run faster than a bullet. And now a days everyone is shooting for any little thing look at the news. And some fellows are not anger or by physical force . Some things is reduclous to take a wright from you that could potentially save your life!

  10. elmer on January 15th, 2020 8:32 am

    This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws..
    Really sounds like more Government gun control. Don’t get me wrong this guy is right where he need to be but why didn’t the state charge him,

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