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September 09, 2011


TYLER,  Texas - A 32-year-old Dallas man has pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Ronald Gene Anderson pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.
According to information presented in court, on Sep. 24, 2010, law enforcement officers responded to a disturbance call in the Cherokee Shores subdivision.  Witnesses stated that Anderson had gotten into an altercation with another individual and when another person stopped the fight, Anderson became angry and retrieved a rifle and ammunition from the residence where he was staying.  Anderson then went in search of the person who had intervened in the fight and fired shots at him.  Further investigation revealed Anderson was a convicted felon, having been previously found guilty in Dallas County, Texas from 1999 to 2005 of various felony offenses including aggravated assault, theft of property and evading arrest.  As a convicted felon, Anderson is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Anderson was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 5, 2011, and charged with federal firearms violations.

Anderson faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being 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 is being investigated by the ATF and the Henderson County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.



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