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Jefferson County Convicted Felon Sentenced to 5 Years for Federal Firearms Violations

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

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 44-year-old Beaumont man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.


David Warren Childress pleaded guilty on Mar. 6, 2017, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison on June 15, 2017 by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.


According to information presented in court, on Dec. 10, 2015, law enforcement officers received information that Childress had just been seen throwing a firearm in the trash at the Shell gas station located at the corner of College Street and Major Drive in Beaumont. Officers were dispatched to the location where a 20-gauge shotgun with a modified barrel was found in the trash. Officers then went to Childress’ residence where they received consent to search. During the search, officers located another rifle in the living room of the home. Childress is a convicted felon, having been found guilty of burglary of a habitation in Walker County in 1994 and possession of cocaine in Harris County in 2010. As a convicted felon, Childress is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms.


This case is the result of an extensive joint investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.


This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Beaumont Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle S. Englade.


Updated June 16, 2017

Firearms Offenses