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BEAUMONT, TX  --- United States Attorney Matthew D. Orwig announced today that a 30-year-old Beaumont man has been sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm in the Eastern District of Texas.

RUFUS DELANTE McCLELLAND, JR., was sentenced today for federal firearms violations by United States District Judge Ron Clark. 

According to information presented in court, on June 4, 2006, law enforcement officers attempted to McClelland in Beaumont for a traffic violation.  Instead of pulling over, McClelland fled from officers through a residential area before abandoning his vehicle and continuing to flee on foot.  During this time, McClelland fired three shots in the direction of the police officers.  A brief manhunt ensued and McClelland was apprehended.  The gun and shell casings were found nearby.  An investigation revealed that McClelland had been previously convicted of drug trafficking charges in Beaumont in 2001, thereby prohibiting him from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.

 McClelland was indicted on for being a felon in possession of a firearm on September 20, 2006.  He pleaded guilty to the charges on January 9, 2007.

                        This case was investigated by the City of Beaumont Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Jefferson County Crime Lab and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Fluke.