Crestview man with 34 prior felony convictions sentenced to 20 years for possessing a gun
CRESTVIEW — A man with 34 prior felony convictions will spend the next 20 years in prison for having a gun in his possession during a traffic stop.
State Attorney Ginger Bowden Madden announced in a Wednesday press release that Okaloosa County Circuit Judge Michael Flowers sentenced 42-year-old Craig Calloway of Crestview to 20 years as a habitual felony offender.
A jury found Calloway guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon during a trial on Oct. 6, 2020. The charges arose out of a March 15, 2020, incident in which Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies noticed an empty gun holster and ammunition in Calloway’s vehicle during a traffic stop.
According to previous reports, Calloway was pulled over by the deputy when he almost ran a stop sign on Pine Avenue in Crestview. The deputy making the traffic stop noticed the gun holster clipped to Calloway’s driver side door and a supervisor spotted ammunition in plain view in the center console.
Deputies also found a loaded handgun, more ammunition and a spent shell casing while searching the vehicle, according to the press release. A passenger reportedly denied knowledge of the weapon and ammunition, and Calloway told the deputy he used the empty gun holster for his phone.
According to the release, Calloway’s prior felony convictions include nine for burglary, two for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one for robbery, one for battery on a law enforcement officer, and 21 other theft-related felony convictions. He also has 15 misdemeanor convictions.
Assistant State Attorney Angela Liles prosecuted the case.