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November 08, 2011


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

                Christopher Lee Chambers pleaded guilty on May 24, 2011, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison on Nov. 7, 2011, by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

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.
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 was investigated by the ATF and the Henderson County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.


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