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June 24, 2011


TYLER, Texas - A 24-year-old Mabank, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Christopher Lee Chambers pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

According to information presented in court, on Sep. 24, 2010, Chambers was found to be in possession of a Marlin .243 caliber rifle.  Further investigation revealed Chambers was a convicted felon, having been previously found guilty of unlawful use of a criminal instrument in Henderson County and burglary of a building in Harrison County, both in 2006.  As a convicted felon, Chambers is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Chambers was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 8, 2011, and charged with federal firearms violations.

Chambers 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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