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Texas Murder Suspect Sentenced to 35 Years for Federal Gun Crime

December 2 , 2011

Jacksonville, FL- United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Archery Overstreet (52, Houston, Texas) to 35 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

According to testimony at sentencing, Overstreet violated his parole when he fled his Texas home in the early morning hours of November 8, 2010. Overstreet cut off his electronic monitor and took his wife's car, debit cards, cell phone, computer and firearm. Overtsreet and his wife had been arguing the night before and she has not been seen since. Houston homicide detectives tracked Overstreet to Jacksonville where he was using his wife's cell phone and debit cards. After his arrest, detectives located a roll of duct tape and a loaded 9mm pistol in the trunk of Overstreet's car. DNA testing determined that the inside of the duct tape was smeared with his wife's blood.

Overstreet's prior record included the 1986 attempted murder of a Houston police officer who Overtstreet shot in the head. The officer survived the shooting. The day after shooting the officer, Overstreet and his brother kidnaped a young woman in Houston and stole her car. Overstreet and his brother raped the woman and tried to kill her by shooting her in the back four times. The woman was left for dead in a remote area near the Brazos River. She crawled out of the woods to a home and was rushed to a local hospital where she recovered from the shooting. Overstreet was sentenced to 60 years in prison for those crimes. Overstreet was paroled in 2008.

This case was investigated the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Dineen Baker and Frank Talbot.

This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy led by ATF. United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill, along with Virginia O’Brien, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.









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