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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

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MONDAY, MAY 12, 2008                                                     PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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(BEAUMONT, TX)   United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 26-year-old Beaumont man has pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

MICHAEL ANTHONY VICTORIA pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm today before United States District Judge Thad Heartfield. 

            According to court documents, on May 5, 2006, Victoria was arrested as a result of a stolen vehicle located in the vicinity of College Street and Interstate 10 in Beaumont by means of its On-Star tracking system.  Victoria was also found to be in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  Further investigation revealed Victoria had previously been convicted of several felonies, including Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle on July 30, 2003, Delivery of a Simulated Controlled Substance on June 19, 2001, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle on June 19, 2001, all in Jefferson County, Texas.  Because Victoria is a convicted felon, he is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing a firearm or ammunition.    

Victoria faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.  A sentencing date has not been set.
            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall L. Fluke.


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