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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas


MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902


Project Safe Neighborhoods sends Convicted Felon to Federal Prison

            BEAUMONT, Texas - A 36-year-old Orange, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Calvin Lewis pleaded guilty on Nov. 23, 2009, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

            According to information presented in court, on April 14, 2008, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Lewis' residence on Dewey Street in Orange, Texas during which they recovered a shotgun and a pistol belonging to Lewis.  Further investigation revealed that Lewis has a prior felony conviction for aggravated assault in Harrison County in 1991 and is thereby prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Lewis was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 19, 2009 and charged with federal firearms violations.

            This conviction is yet another important outcome from Project Safe Neighborhoods, a national priority of the United States Department of Justice. PSN is designed as a partnership between federal and local law enforcement to reduce violent crime and gun-related crime through the vigorous enforcement of the criminal provisions of the federal firearms laws.

            This case was investigated by ATF and the Orange County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Antonetta Stancu.


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