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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas


THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902



            BEAUMONT, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 50-year-old Orange, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas.  

            SHIRLEY ANNETTE McMILLAN pleaded guilty on Jan. 15, 2010, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced today to 24 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

            According to information presented in court, on Feb. 27, 2009, law enforcement officers responded to a report that McMillan was selling prescription drugs from her home on Tulane Road.  McMillan consented to a search of her residence by Orange County Constable Robert Strause, during which McMillan was observed sitting on a couch with her hand under a pillow.  Strause recovered a loaded pistol from McMillan's hand hidden underneath the pillow.  Further investigation revealed that McMillan had previously been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 1995 in Orange County, Texas, and as a convicted felon is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Apr. 15, 2009, charging McMillan with federal firearms violations.

            The case was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in the Eastern District of Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

            This case was investigated by the Orange County Constable's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Antonetta Stancu.


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