Jefferson County Felon Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violation

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BEAUMONT, Texas – A Beaumont man has been sentenced for a federal firearms violation in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

Robert Lee Anderson, 46, pleaded guilty on June 6, 2022, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

According to information presented in court, on March 21, 2022, law enforcement officers noticed a vehicle they knew to be stolen parked in a lane of traffic with its lights off near French Road in Beaumont.  Officers observed Anderson walking away from the vehicle and instructed him to stop.  Instead, Anderson fled through a neighboring yard, throwing a firearm on the roof of a residence.  Anderson was apprehended and the firearm was recovered.  Further investigation revealed Anderson was a convicted felon and prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Anderson was indicted on federal firearms violations on April 20, 2022. 

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.        

This case was investigated by the Beaumont Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell James.

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