Florida man sentenced to 12 years for unlawfully possessing loaded gun
By Christen Smith
A Florida man will spend more than 12 years in prison after police discovered a loaded handgun in his possession during a domestic violence call earlier this year.
Terry Cadet, 34, pleaded guilty in June to unlawfully carrying a gun, despite multiple prior felony convictions and an active domestic violence restraining order that required him to surrender all firearms.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrested Cadet in February for domestic battery after his girlfriend called 911 and reported he’d hit her, multiple times, with closed fists. Officers pulled Cadet over in West Park, where they ordered him out of his vehicle at gunpoint, according to court documents. While searching Cadet, officers discovered a loaded Kel-Tec 9mm Luger pistol, with an obliterated serial number, concealed in the seat of his pants.
Cadet’s attorney requested “mercy” in a sentencing memorandum filed Sept. 7 in the District of Southern Florida, noting his client suffered from PTSD and anxiety following an attempt on his life in 2016. The defense also said Cadet’s extended absence from his young son and diabetic mother would “have a resounding negative impact.”
“Based upon the facts in the case at bar, the only individual whose safety was put in jeopardy was Terry Cadet,”