BEAUMONT, Texas – A 35-year-old
Beaumont, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern
District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.
Michael Anthony Victoria pleaded guilty
to being a felon in possession of a firearm today before U.S. Magistrate Judge
to information presented in court, on Dec. 10, 2016, Victoria was arrested and
charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. As
a convicted felon, Victoria is prohibited by federal law from owning or
possessing firearms or ammunition. Victoria was indicted by a federal
grand jury on July 6, 2017 and charged with federal firearms violations.
Under federal statutes,
Victoria faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. The
maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for
information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based
on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A
sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence
investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.
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 Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S.
Attorney Randall L. Fluke.
Public Information Officer/Law Enforcement Coordinator
U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Texas