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ORANGE COUNTY, TEXAS WOMAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL GUN VIOLATIONS
BEAUMONT, Texas - A 37-year-old Orange, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Tonya Warren, also known as Tonya Stanley, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm today before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.
According to information presented in court, on Aug 30, 2010, Warren was stopped for a speeding violation in Orange County. During the stop, it was discovered that there were three stolen firearms in the trunk of Warren's vehicle and that she was on her way to meet an individual who was to purchase the weapons. Further investigation revealed Warren was a convicted felon, having been previously found guilty in Tarrant County of using fraudulent identity, three counts of theft of a vehicle, and forgery all in 2005. In 2007, Warren was also found guilty in Tarrant County of unlawful possession of a weapon, theft of a vehicle, burglary of a habitation, and two counts of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. As a convicted felon, Warren is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. Warren was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 15, 2010, and charged with federal firearms violations.
Warren faces a minimum of 15 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 Orange County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Antonetta Stancu.