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Lehigh man sentenced to prison on drug, firearm charges

By Staff | Jul 21, 2021

James Young

A Lehigh Acres man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The sentence imposed on James Richard Young, 40, will run concurrently to a 25-year minimum/mandatory sentence imposed on March 31 for one count of trafficking in illegal drugs.

Young was found guilty following a two-day trial in Lee County. This additional sentence is for the second charge that was severed at trial in that case.

On Oct. 21, 2018, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a suspicious person outside of a residential building in Fort Myers. A deputy responded and made contact with Young, who claimed people were hiding outside of his apartment building with rifles. No one was found.

While in the apartment, the deputy saw a short-barreled shotgun laying on the floor and what appeared to be drug residue on a table. He ran a criminal background check on Young and found he was a convicted felon and was not allowed to possess a firearm. A search warrant was obtained and more than 50 grams of heroin was found in a microwave. Young admitted the drugs were his and he was arrested.

Assistant State Attorney Steven Vitale and Assistant State Attorney Kenneth Erickson prosecuted the case.