Florida Man Arrested for Domestic Violence, Possession of Firearms, Silencers, and Destructive Devices

A Sumter County man who violated a domestic violence injunction is now facing several other federal firearms charges. U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida Roger Handberg has announced that James Clay Bexley, 34, of Center Hill, has been indicted and will be facing federal charges for possessing destructive devices and firearm silencers and possessing firearms in violation of a domestic violence injunction.

Florida ManThe saga started on May 5th, 2022, when Sumter County Deputies arrested James Clay Bexley for violating a Domestic Violence Injunction. Bexley had been emailing and making subtle threats to his estranged wife in violation of the injunction since January 14th of this year. When Bexley was arrested, deputies from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office arrived at his home, where they located six firearms, two silencers, and two small explosive devices in Bexley’s 2015 Dodge RAM pickup truck. Inside the car, a semi-automatic rifle and several other firearms were in plain view. According to the arrest report, Bexley has made “numerous online purchases from websites that sell firearms, ammunition, and reloading supplies.”

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad then responded and discovered two destructive devices (pipe bombs) on Bexley’s front porch. After obtaining a search warrant, federal agents recovered approximately 35 pounds of explosive materials and bomb-making equipment from within the residence, along with an additional 12 firearms and two silencers.

Firearm silencers and destructive devices, such as pipe bombs, are illegal to possess unless registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. None of Bexley’s silencers or destructive devices had been registered as required under federal law. Furthermore, possessing firearms while subject to a domestic violence injunction is also a federal crime.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Bexley is currently being held in the Sumter County Detention Center without bond.

July 29, 2022, Update: James Clay Bexley has pleaded guilty to a two-count indictment charging him with possessing unregistered destructive devices and firearm silencers and possessing firearms in violation of a domestic violence injunction. Bexley faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each count if convicted. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms and Active Shooter Response. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. 

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