TYLER, Texas – Two East Texas men have pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Michael Shane Donald, 42, of Kilgore, and Scott Randall Terry, 39, of Gilmer, Texas, both pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Everingham, IV.
According to information presented in court, on May 24, 2010, Donald and Terry were in Upshur County, Texas when both were discovered to be in possession of a sawed-off shotgun with an obliterated serial number. Further investigation revealed that both men were convicted felons, Donald having been found guilty of assault, family violence in 2004 in Upshur County, and Terry having been convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2007 in Upshur County. Convicted felons are prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. Donald and Terry were indicted by a federal grand jury on July 14, 2010, and charged with federal firearms violations.
Donald and Terry each face up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. Sentencing dates have not been set.
This case is being 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 ATF and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.
From U.S. Attorney's Office