Special Agent Yannick J. Deslauriers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Administrative Specialist Abbey Hicks; Assistant U.S. Attorney Natalie Hirt Adams; Special Agent Melinda G. Sears from ATF; Marty Ann Woelfle, trial attorney from the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Murray were honored Wednesday at the 65nd annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. PROVIDED PHOTO

Tampa, Florida – Daniel Donofrio a/k/a “Q-Ball” (46, Chipley) has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit an aggravated assault in aid of racketeering. He faces up to three years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court documents, Donofrio was a member of The Unforgiven, a racketeering enterprise that engaged in acts of murder, kidnapping, robbery, obstruction of justice, and other offenses, including the use of “Florida Department of Corrections Officials to smuggle. . . controlled substances.”

According to Donofrio’s plea agreement, victim B.L. violated the code of conduct of The Unforgiven and was considered a “rat.” The leadership of The Unforgiven authorized Donofrio “to order B.L. killed, or merely assaulted.” Donofrio ordered an “S.O.S.,” meaning “stab on sight,” for B.L., who was later stabbed.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the St. Petersburg Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Natalie Hirt Adams.