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July 20, 2011


           BEAUMONT, Texas – A 23-year-old Beaumont, 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.

            Christopher Nathaniel McDonald pleaded guilty on Feb. 16, 2011, to being a felon in possession of a firearm 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 25, 2010, a search warrant was executed at a residence in the 600 block of Terrell Street in Beaumont.  During the search, officers discovered McDonald asleep in a bedroom of the residence and two loaded firearms under the mattress where he was sleeping.  An investigation revealed that a pistol recovered from the scene had been reported stolen during a residential burglary on Nov. 29, 2009.  Further investigation revealed McDonald was a convicted felon, having been previously found guilty of robbery in 2008 in Jefferson County, Texas.  It is a violation of federal law for a convicted felon to own or possess firearms or ammunition.  McDonald was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 15, 2010 and charged with federal gun violations.

           This case was 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 Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the ATF and prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.




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