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


THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902


Project Safe Neighborhoods sends sleeping Felon to Federal Prison

            TYLER, Texas – A 35-year-old Mineola, 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.

            Brandon Wayne Sharp pleaded guilty on Nov. 3, 2009, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 71 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

            According to information presented in court, in June 2009, law enforcement officers responded to a call from a woman in Mineola who claimed Sharp had threatened her with a firearm.  When they arrived at the residence, Sharp was asleep and the woman produced the firearm Sharp had used to threaten her.  She advised the officers that she had secured it after he fell asleep.  Sharp was arrested.  Further investigation revealed that Sharp has a prior felony conviction for retaliation and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Sharp was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sep. 2, 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 the Mineola Police Department and the ATF and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.


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