Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gang Founder Faces Minimum of 15 Years; Jacksonville Man Was Convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gang Founder Faces Minimum of 15 Years; Jacksonville Man Was Convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

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"Cut Throat Committee" gang founder Maurice Phillip Mitchell of Jacksonville faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years to life in federal prison following this week's conviction of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the U.S. State Attorney's Office.

A federal jury found Mitchell, 32, guilty following his indictment in April. As an armed career criminal, he is subjected to a harsher sentence. A sentencing date has not yet been set. The U.S. Attorney's Office identified Mitchell as the founder of the violent gang operating within Florida's prison system.

In his latest arrest, Mitchell was operating a minivan in the Lackawanna area of Jacksonville on Feb. 29 when an officer noticed he may have been impaired. Mitchell led the officer on a high-speed chase and crashed into a tree. Mitchell fled on foot and was apprehended by a second officer when he was found hiding under a vehicle in a nearby parking lot, according to evidence presented at trial. Officers found a firearm on the dashboard of the crashed minivan.

Mitchell last was released from prison in November 2015 on multiple drug convictions in 2011, Florida Department of Corrections records show.

Scott Butler

SHOOTING VICTIM IS 16TH HOMICIDE OF THE YEAR

A man was found in the roadway of the 2100 block of Benedict Road off Avenue B and Edgewood Avenue West with a fatal gunshot wound early Wednesday, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Police responded to the shooting about 12:45 a.m. The man, who was in his 50s, was taken to UF Health Jacksonville hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses told police they heard an argument followed by a gunshot. Police couldn't say at this early stage of the investigation whether the argument and gunshot reported were connected to the man's death.

It marks the city's 16th homicide of the year compared to 18 at this time in 2016, according to the Times-Union homicide tracker database at Jacksonville.com/homicides. It is the fourth in the 32209 ZIP code that again is leading with the most homicides. …

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