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June 29, 2010

CONVICTED BURGLAR SENTENCED TO LENGHTY PRISON TERM FOR POSSESSING A FIREARM

(HOUSTON) - Steven Dallas Chapman, 33, of Baytown, Texas, a convicted burglar, has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison without parole for possessing a firearm, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer announced today. Federal law prohibits a convicted felon of possessing a firearm.  

Chapman had pleaded guilty to the federal felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm on Nov. 16, 2009. Today, United States District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal sentenced Chapman to 188 months in federal prison without parole to be followed by a five-year-term of supervised release, during which he will remain under court supervision and faces an additional prison term if any condition of that release is violated.

Chapman was arrested on Nov. 19, 2008, after federal agents and officers of the Houston Police Department attempted to arrest Chapman on a parole violation warrant. Chapman fled from the officers traveling on a motorcycle down the South Freeway feeder road through the city of Houston. Abandoning the motorcycle, Chapman ran down the freeway embankment, then ran alongside the freeway. As he started to cross the freeway and into the lanes of traffic, officers who had given chase saw Chapman reach into his right pants pocket and take out a firearm. He threw the firearm onto an open storm grate and ran across the freeway. Shortly thereafter, Chapman was arrested while standing in the median of the freeway and the firearm - a Taurus .45 caliber pistol manufactured in Brazil and imported into the U.S. - was recovered by the officers. 

Convicted of burglary of a habitation in the 258th District Court of San Jacinto County, Texas, on Nov. 7, 2001, Chapman is prohibited from possessing a firearm. 

In custody since his November 2008 arrest and in federal custody since the date of his indictment in January 2009, Chapman remains incarcerated pending the designation by the Bureau of Prisons of a facility where he will serve his sentence.

This case was investigated by special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the United States Marshals Service and officers of the Houston Police Department with the assistance and operation of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Gang Targeting, Enforcement and Coordination Center, National Gang Intelligence Center, Gulf Coast Violent Offender’s Task Force, Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office and Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Hileman and Department of Justice Gang Unit Prosecutor David N. Karpel  prosecuted the case.

 

 

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