DOJ SealDepartment of Justice

United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009                                     PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe                         PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881



            (TYLER, TX) United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 24-year-old Crockett, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            JOHN ROBERT MCDONALD pleaded guilty on Sept. 9, 2008, to being a Felon in Possession of Ammunition and was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison by United States District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

            According to information presented in court, on Nov. 9, 2006, law enforcement officers responded to disturbance at a rural residence in Anderson County.  Once on the scene, deputies observed McDonald near a vehicle with a shotgun in the rear floorboard.  McDonald denied that he had any knowledge of the gun.  However, a search of McDonald revealed a shotgun cartridge in his pants' pocket.  Further investigation revealed that McDonald had previously been convicted of Theft and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, both in Houston County in 2003.  As a convicted felon, McDonald is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. 

            This case was investigated by the Anderson County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jim Noble.


back to top