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THREE SOUTHEAST TEXANS INDICTED ON FEDERAL FIREARMS VIOLATIONS
Defendants face federal charges for various firearms and drug violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 07, 2011

BEAUMONT, Texas – Three Southeast Texas residents have been indicted and charged with federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Vickie Stark Fitts, 47, of Hull, Texas, Kenny Don Stanley, 29, of Vidor, Texas, and Tanner Lynn Bourque, 31, of Bridge City, Texas were each named in separate indictments returned by a federal grand jury today charging federal firearms violations. 

Fitts is charged in a four-count indictment with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.  According to the indictment, on Mar. 27, 2011, Fitts is alleged to have been found in possession of two pistols and various rounds of ammunition.  On Oct. 15, 2010, Fitts is alleged to have been found in possession of methamphetamine, a pistol, a rifle and ammunition.  Further investigation revealed Fitts is a convicted felon, having been found guilty of possession of a controlled substance in Harris County, Texas in 2009.  It is a federal violation for a convicted felon to own or possess firearms or ammunition.  If convicted, Fitts faces up to 10 years in federal prison for each of the two felon in possession charges, up to 20 years for the drug charge and up to five years for the possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime charge. 

Stanley is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to the indictment, on Mar. 27, 2011, Stanley is alleged to have been found in possession of a revolver and various rounds of ammunition.  Further investigation revealed Stanley is a convicted felon, having been found guilty of possession of a controlled substance in Orange County, Texas in 2009.  It is a federal violation for a convicted felon to own or possess firearms or ammunition.  If convicted, Stanley faces up to 10 years in federal prison. 

Bourque is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of body armor by a violent felon.  According to the indictment, on Mar. 27, 2011, Bourque is alleged to have been found in possession of a revolver, various rounds of ammunition, and a bullet-proof vest.  Further investigation revealed Bourque is a convicted felon, having been found guilty of aggravated assault causing bodily injury in Jefferson County, Texas in 2004 and possession of a controlled substance in Orange County, Texas in 2007.  It is a federal violation for a convicted felon to own or possess firearms or ammunition.  If convicted, Bourque faces up to 10 years in federal prison for the firearms violation and up to 3 years for the body armor violation. 

 

These cases are 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.

These cases are being investigated by the ATF, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and the Tyler County Sheriff's Office and are being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.

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