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Argument with Neighbor Results in Federal Prison Sentence for Convicted Felon

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

A federal judge in Austin sentenced 29-year-old four-time convicted felon Patrell Sanders to 42 months imprisonment for illegally possessing a loaded Kel-Tec 9 mm pistol, announced U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff and Austin Police Chief Brian Manley. 

According to court records, Austin Police officers arrested Sanders on August 22, 2020, following an argument between Sanders and his neighbor.  During the incident, Sanders pointed the gun at his neighbor.  The two began to struggle, and the firearm discharged.  Sanders’ criminal history reveals four prior felony convictions ranging from burglary to possession of a controlled substance.

On December 10, 2020, Sanders pleaded guilty to one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

In addition to the 42-month prison term handed down today, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ordered that Sanders be placed under supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term.

The Austin Police Department investigated this case with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Henneke prosecuted this case.

This case is part of Operation Undaunted, a program which draws on the partnerships among federal, state and local law enforcement coupled with prosecution authorities to tackle violent crime and protect the communities of central and west Texas.

Updated February 26, 2021

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