Whitehouse man gets 3 years in prison for handgun

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 2:33pm

TYLER, Texas - A 45-year-old Whitehouse, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Johnny Coy Roberson, Jr., pleaded guilty on June 9, 2010, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

According to information presented in court, on Nov. 21, 2009, Roberson was stopped for a traffic violation in Smith County during which, he was found to be in possession of a Kel-Tex, model P-11 9mm handgun. Further investigation revealed Roberson was a convicted felon, having previously been convicted of burglary of a habitation in Smith County in 2003. As a convicted felon, Roberson is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. Roberson was indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 3, 2010.

This conviction is yet another important outcome from Project Safe Neighborhoods, a national priority of the United States Department of Justice. PSN is designed as a partnership between federal and local law enforcement to reduce violent crime and gun-related crime through the vigorous enforcement of the criminal provisions of the federal firearms laws.

PSN is a Department of Justice nationwide initiative that combines traditional law enforcement activities with community-based support and intervention programs. The two primary goals of the PSN initiative is to reduce and prevent violent crimes and to help past offenders adjust and re-enter the community. Founded in 2001, PSN is the nation’s largest and most visible effort to combat violent crime and criminal gang activity at the community level by increasing coordination and cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement and the community.

This case was investigated by the ATF and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

From U.S. Attorney's Office

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