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April 07, 2011

BEAUMONT, Texas - A 47-year-old Vidor, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Bobby Ray Harris, Jr. pleaded guilty on Oct. 6, 2010, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

According to information presented in court, on June 22, 2010, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at Harris' residence in 300 block of Lost Lake Lane in Vidor following a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Harris.  Over 30 firearms and ammunition were discovered in a locked shed at the residence.  Further investigation revealed Harris was a convicted felon, having been found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon in 1996 in Orange County, aggravated assault of a peace officer in 1983 in Jefferson County and two Jefferson County convictions for burglary of a vehicle in 1986 and in 1983.  As a convicted felon, Harris is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Harris was indicted on July 7, 2010 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 Orange County Constable's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Antonetta Stancu.



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