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
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

GROVES ARREST SENDS HOUSTON FELON TO PRISON FOR FEDERAL FIREARMS VIOLATIONS

            BEAUMONT, TX - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 41-year-old Houston man has been sentenced for federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            TROY KEITH LOCKETT was found guilty by a jury on Feb. 4, 2009, of being a felon in possession of a firearm and having at least three prior felony convictions and was sentenced today to 290 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

            According to information presented in court, Lockett was arrested just after midnight on Feb. 17, 2007, on Canal Avenue in Groves, TX.  The arrest was the result of police responding to a call reporting a suspicious vehicle passing by several times in a residential area.  Once police arrived, they observed a handgun being tossed from the vehicle. 

            Further investigation revealed that Lockett was a convicted felon, having been convicted of possession with intent to deliver cocaine in Harris County, Texas in 1989; delivery of cocaine in Harris County in 1990; and possession with intent to deliver cocaine in Harris County in 2008. As a convicted felon, Lockett is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Because Lockett has at least three prior violent felony convictions, he is considered a career criminal, elevating the prison sentence he received. 

            Lockett was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 4, 2007, and charged with federal firearms violations.

            The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Groves Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ross.

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