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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007                                     PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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BEAUMONT, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 27-year-old Metairie, Louisiana man has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm in the Eastern District of Texas. 

FREDERICK DWAYNE HARRIS pleaded guilty on May 25, 2007 and was sentenced today by United States District Judge Marcia Crone.

            According to information presented in court, on November 9, 2005, a City of Orange Police Officer was dispatched to the area of 5th and Burton Streets in reference to a man with a gun.  Upon arrival, the officer learned the suspect had fled on foot.  An investigation revealed a firearm magazine and a handgun.  Further investigation led to arrest of Harris.  Harris admitted that the weapon was his, explaining that he had taken it from a home in Louisiana during a debris clean-up following Hurricane Katrina. 

            It was also discovered that Harris is a convicted felon and is thereby prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Harris had been previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana in 2000 and 2001.  Harris was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 13, 2006 for violating federal firearms laws.

            The case was invested by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the City of Orange Police Department, the Jefferson County Crime Laboratory, and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Forensic Laboratory and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall L. Fluke.


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