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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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PORT ARTHUR BROTHERS SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL FIREARMS VIOLATIONS
Convicted Felons receive 115 & 120 months in Federal Prison

            BEAUMONT, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that two Port Arthur, Texas brothers have each been sentenced for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            DEVIN NIGEL MARTIN, 20, and DEVON ANDRE MARTIN, 21, both pleaded guilty on Aug. 20, 2009, to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Devin Martin was sentenced to 115 months in federal prison and Devon Martin was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison on Dec. 18, 2009, by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

            According to information presented in court, on Nov. 27, 2007, law enforcement officers executed an arrest warrant at a residence in the 900 block of Shreveport in Port Arthur for Devon Martin.  Devon Martin was arrested and a sweep of the residence revealed Devin Martin hiding in a closet.  Additionally, officers discovered an arsenal of weapons, including a pistol with an obliterated serial number, and a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun.  Further investigation revealed that both Martin brothers are convicted felons and prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Devon Martin was convicted of possession of a controlled substance and Devin Martin was convicted of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.  Both convictions were in 2006 in Harris County, Texas.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on May 20, 2009, charging the Martin brothers with federal firearms violations.

            This case was investigated by the Port Arthur Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Peacock.

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