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Van Zandt County Man Sentenced For Firearms Violation

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

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

 TYLER, Texas - A 37-year-old Wills Point, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Michael Jack Callaway pleaded guilty on Nov. 20, 2012, to possession of an unregistered firearm and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.  Callaway was also ordered to forfeit the shotgun and seven additional firearms to the government.

According to information presented in court, on Aug. 22, 2012, law enforcement officers found a short barrel shotgun among several rifles, pistols, and shotguns, as well as several hundreds of rounds of ammunition, when they ran a search warrant at Callaway’s residence on County Road 2144 in Wills Point, Texas.
This case was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in the Eastern District of Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Van Zandt County Drug Task Force and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

Updated March 12, 2015