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


THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902


            BEAUMONT, Texas - A 35-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison as a result of Operation Time Machine in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Anthony Jacob Cormier pleaded guilty on Feb. 1, 2010 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

            According to information presented in court, on Jan. 29, 2009, probation officers, accompanied by Port Arthur Police, attempted to perform a home check on Cormier at 4800 5th Street in Port Arthur.  Upon entering the residence, a firearm magazine was observed in plain view and a protective sweep of the residence by police officers resulted in the discovery of a firearm, silencer, the magazine to a firearm located in a closet of the residence, and a can containing more loaded magazines and ammunition.  In all, a firearm, four magazines to the firearm, and a total of 771 rounds of 9mm ammunition were recovered.  Further investigation revealed Cormier was a convicted felon with prior three prior felony convictions in Jefferson County, Texas for Possession of a Controlled Substance in 2006.  As a convicted felon, Cormier is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Cormier was indicted on Oct. 7, 2009, and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

            This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods' Operation Time Machine program. Operation Time Machine is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in Port Arthur, 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 ATF and the Port Arthur Police Department and prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.



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