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


THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902


Ordered to pay over $100k in restitution

            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 23-year-old Dallas man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            QUALON RASHARD WILLIAMS pleaded guilty to burglary of a federal firearms licensee and was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison on Mar. 24, 2010, by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Williams was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $111,298.65 to the victim, a licensed firearms dealer.

            According to information presented in court, in December 2007, Williams and another man, William Earl Pemberton, broke into Sid's Pawn Shop on 5th Street in Tyler, Texas, where they stole numerous firearms, including handguns and rifles.  A video at a nearby business had been disabled by the burglars during the entry into the rear of the business.  Pemberton was sentenced to 2 years in federal prison in 2008.

            This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Tyler Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Middleton.


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