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February 01, 2012

Jefferson County Man Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violation

BEAUMONT, Texas - A 41-year-old Beaumont man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                John William Williams pleaded guilty on Sep. 22, 2011, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 43 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark..

According to information presented in court, on Sep. 14, 2010, a parole officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice was contacted and advised that Williams was in possession of a firearm and was threatening to commit suicide.  At the time, Williams was on parole.  The parole officer went to Williams' residence on Smart Street in Beaumont and was given permission to search the apartment by Williams' wife.  During the search, a .44 caliber revolver was discovered in a shoe box in the bedroom closet.  Williams is a convicted felon, having been previously found guilty of felony theft in 1993; kidnapping in 1996; forgery in 1996; and felony theft in 1996, all in Tarrant County, Texas. 

As a convicted felon, Williams is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 7, 2011, and charged with federal firearms 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 ATF and prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.


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