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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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BEAUMONT MAN SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL FIREARMS VIOLATION
Possessing Ammunition gets man 10 years in Federal Prison

 

            BEAUMONT, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 35-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been sentenced for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            JOHN JOSEPH GIVS pleaded guilty on Aug. 8, 2008, to being a felon in possession of ammunition and was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

            According to information presented in court, on July 24, 2007, Givs was arrested following a routine traffic stop by a Beaumont Police Officer.  A search of Givs' vehicle during the traffic stop revealed marijuana and a loaded handgun.  It was determined that the handgun had been reported stolen.  A subsequent search of Givs' residence also revealed multiple rounds of ammunition.  During the investigation it was determined that Givs was a convicted felon and prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Givs had previously been convicted of Aggravated Assault, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Possession of a Deadly Weapon in a Penal Institution.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on May 8, 2008, Givs with firearms violations.

            This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Beaumont Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Ross and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Tortorice.

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