Jefferson County Felon Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violation
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas
BEAUMONT, Texas – A 27-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Bernard James Bell pleaded guilty on July 23, 2019, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 71 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.
According to information presented in court, on Apr. 11, 2019, law enforcement officers began investigating a homicide that occurred in Beaumont’s west end. On Apr. 14, 2019, investigators learned that Bell was provided a firearm that was used in connection with that homicide so that he could dispose of it or hide it. After speaking with Bell, investigators recovered the firearm and determined that Bell had possessed it. Further investigation revealed Bell is a convicted felon having several convictions in Jefferson County, Texas in 2011 and 2012. As a convicted felon, Bell is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. Bell was indicted on those charges by a federal grand jury on May 1, 2019.
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 February 19, 2020