Troubles for former Midway City Manager Auburn Ford Jr. continue to mount. On Aug. 22, Circuit Judge Jonathan Sjostrom revoked and terminated Ford’s probationary status and sentenced him to 90 days in jail (with credit for eight days served) followed by one year of community control.
Ford was found in willful violation of probationary stipulation possession of a handgun while on probation. The revocation means that Ford is now considered a convicted felon. He was back before the judge after law enforcement agents found a handgun inside a brief case in the trunk of his city-issued vehicle.
The weapon was found when agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement served a search warrant as part of another investigation.
Ford has been found guilty by a six-member jury in 2011 after an altercation at his Lake Yvette home in 2012. Sjostrom withheld adjudication in the case and placed Ford on probation to run until July 2014.
Ford’s sister, Donna Graham, said the weapon belongs to Mrs. Ford but the couple decided to remove the gun because they have two young sons. The gun was secure because it was inside a briefcase locked in the trunk. Because of his probationary status, Ford was not allowed to have a gun.
Ford was arrested Aug. 15 and taken to the Gadsden County Jail. Later that afternoon he was transported to the Leon Count Jail where he remained until Aug. 23 when he was returned to Gadsden County to serve the remainder of the 90-day sentence.