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Repeat felon sentenced for illegally possessing loaded assault rifle

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

HOUSTON – A 33-year-old Houston resident and repeat violent felon has been ordered to prison for illegally possessing a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Joseph Terrell Goody pleaded guilty May 25.

U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett has now ordered Goody to serve 57 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by two years of supervised release.

On Sept. 26, 2020, law enforcement stopped Goody for traffic violations. At that time, they found him to be holding an assault rifle loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition.

A struggle ensued, but authorities were able to subdue detain Goody and secure the weapon.

The investigation revealed Goody has served multiple state prison sentences for felony convictions including robbery, burglary of a habitation, continuous assault of a family member and possession of a controlled substance. As such, he is prohibited per federal law of possessing firearms or ammunition.

Goody will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Houston Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stuart Tallichet prosecuted the case.

Updated September 28, 2023

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