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Beaumont Felon Sentenced for Firearms Violation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas

BEAUMONT, Texas – A Beaumont man has been sentenced for a federal firearms violation in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

Gregory Cherry, Jr., 40, pleaded guilty on June 6, 2022, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone on Oct. 20, 2022.

According to information presented in court, on August 1, 2022, law enforcement officers responded to a report that an individual had a firearm and was arguing with another person in a gas station parking lot in Beaumont.  Officers encountered Cherry, who matched the description of the person who was reported as having the firearm.  As officers approached Cherry, he began running from the officers.  After a brief foot pursuit, officers caught Cherry, and Cherry resisted arrest.  During the struggle Cherry was able to retrieve a firearm from his pocket and throw it a short distance away.  One officer was injured during the struggle with Cherry.  Cherry was eventually taken into custody and officers were able to recover the firearm. 

Further investigation revealed Cherry is a convicted felon and prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Cherry was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 6, 2021. 

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell James.


Updated October 21, 2022

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