BEAUMONT – A Beaumont man has been sentenced to federal prison for violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.
Jamar Byars, also known as Jamar Limbrick, 21, pleaded guilty on April 25, 2022, to Hobbs Act robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and was sentenced to 117 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.
According to court documents, on Oct. 14, 2021, law enforcement officers responded to a call regarding an armed robbery at the Food Basket located on North 4th Street in Beaumont. An assailant, later identified as Byars, selected an item and brought it to the register. Byars then pulled out a firearm and pointed it at the clerk and demanded money. The clerk hesitated and Byars responded by striking the clerk in the head with the pistol twice. Byars then removed the money from the register and fled the scene. Byars was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 5, 2022.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
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.