DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

                                                                                                    

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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VIDOR FELON SENTENCED FOR_FEDERAL FIREARMS VIOLATIONS

 

            BEAUMONT, TX - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 26-year-old Vidor man has been sentenced for federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            JAMES LEUIS FONTENOT pleaded guilty on Feb. 5, 2009, to being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen firearms and having at least three prior felony convictions and was sentenced today to 288 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

            According to information presented in court, on Aug. 25, 2006, federal agents recovered two stolen firearms from a pawn shop in Nederland, Texas while conducting an investigation into the theft of firearms from residential burglaries in Orange County.  According to the pawn records, the firearms were pawned on Aug. 13, 2008, by Fontenot.  Fontenot was arrested on Aug. 20, 2008, in Orange County and admitted to burglarizing the residence from which the firearms had been stolen.  Fontenot was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 3, 2008, and charged with federal firearms violations.

            Further investigation revealed that Fontenot was a convicted felon, having been convicted of two separate counts of burglary of a habitation in Orange County, Texas in 2002; burglary of a building in Orange County in 2002; burglary of a habitation in Orange County in 2003; and theft of property in Jefferson County in 2003. As a convicted felon, Fontenot is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Because Fontenot has at least three prior violent felony convictions, he is considered a career criminal, elevating the prison sentence he received. 

            The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.

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