Convicted felon receives 30 years for gun possession

After allegedly holding people hostage at gun point in Navarre, a convicted felon has been sentenced to at least 30 years, but more charges are set to come.

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Daniel Frank Hawkins, 29, was sentenced Jan. 11 by Circuit Judge David Rimmer to 30 years in state prison as a Habitual Felony Offender.

Daniel Hawkins

Hawkins was found guilty by a Santa Rosa County Jury of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on October 24, 2017.

He faces additional charges in relation to the incident, set to go to trial on January 29, 2018.

The charges occurred on December 23, 2016, when the officers responded to a call in Navarre about a person possibly holding people hostage at gun point.

According to the arrest report, officers observed an individual with his jacket hood up over his head and a bandana over his face.

Officers responded to the scene where they ordered a group of individuals to show the officers their hands.

Hawkins is the only individual who failed to show his hands.  Instead, Hawkins moved around a parked vehicle, away from the officers.  While Hawkins was moving away from the officers, one of the officers noticed a dull sheen at Hawkins’s waistband by his hands.  Hawkins still refused to comply with commands to show his hands, even while the officers held him at gun point.

Hawkins ducked out of sight behind the car, and then the arresting officer heard a sound like metal scraping on the concrete driveway.  After hearing that sound, the officer saw Hawkins pop back up into full view and become compliant with all further commands.

Officers located a handgun near the vehicle where Hawkins discarded it.  Hawkins later admitted he had gotten the gun from a cousin.

Hawkins has six prior felony convictions which include burglary of a dwelling while armed, grand theft of a firearm, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, grand theft, and 2 felony drug possessions, along with 9 misdemeanor convictions.

Hawkins’s other Santa Rosa County charges from the incident that have yet to be tried are false imprisonment with a firearm while wearing a mask, possession of a controlled substance, resisting an officer without violence, improper exhibition of a firearm, and battery upon a jail detainee.

The investigation and arrest were conducted by the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant State Attorney Angela Liles prosecuted the case.

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