Grapevine Man Sentenced to 72 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing Firearm While Under Protective Order
DALLAS — Raul Mirabal, 42, of Grapevine, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to 72 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in June 2013 to one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to the factual resume filed in the case, Grapevine Police Department responded to a potential domestic disturbance on January 5, 2013. Responding officers discovered that Mirabal possessed a Desert Eagle .50 caliber handgun in his backpack. At the time, Mirabal was subject to a protective order issued in May 2012 by a Tarrant County court. Among other things, the protective order restrained Mirabal from harassing, stalking or threatening particular individuals or engaging in other conduct that would place particular individuals in reasonable fear of bodily injury; and explicitly prohibited the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against particular individuals. Federal law prohibited Mirabal from possessing firearms because he was under the protective order.
The case was investigated by the Grapevine Police Department and Hurst Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian McKay and Jason Schall prosecuted.
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