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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 9, 2017

Texas Man Who Burglarized a Convenience Store in Waxahachie is Sentenced to 98 Months in Federal Prison on Firearm Conviction

DALLAS — Terry Bridgewater, 30, of Waco, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to 98 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in August 2016 to one count of felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Judge Godbey ordered that Bridgewater serve that sentence consecutive to a 10-year state sentence he is currently serving for burglary.

According to documents filed in the case and information presented at his sentencing hearing today, Bridgewater, who has prior felony convictions for both assault and arson, was caught by officers with the Waxahachie Police Department on June 2, 2015, while burglarizing a convenience store in Waxahachie, Texas. At the time, Bridgewater was armed with a loaded Kel-Tec 9mm caliber pistol. While being transported to the police station following his arrest, Bridgewater told the arresting officer that he was lucky that he only had two rounds of ammunition in his pistol, because if he had had more ammunition, he would have engaged the officer in a gun battle. Bridgewater also admitted that he had just sold “on the streets” another pistol that he had obliterated the serial number.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Waxahachie Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Robinson prosecuted.

 

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated January 9, 2017