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Jefferson County men sentenced in separate federal cases

BEAUMONT – Two Jefferson County men have been sentenced to federal prison in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Damien M. Diggs.

Mikale Rashad Bolton, 21, of Beaumont, pleaded guilty to carjacking and was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone on Jan. 8, 2024.

According to information presented in court, on June 25, 2022, local law enforcement responded to the scene of a carjacking near French Road in Beaumont.  The investigation revealed that Bolton approached a vehicle and asked the driver for a cigarette lighter.  After the driver handed the lighter to Bolton, Bolton pulled out a firearm and pointed it at the driver’s head.  Bolton ordered the driver to exit the vehicle.  The driver was told not to contact police or Bolton would return and kill him.  Bolton fled the scene in the stolen vehicle.  This case was investigated by the FBI and the Beaumont Police Department.

Jordan Malik Bronnon, 30, of Port Arthur pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison by Judge Crone on Jan. 8, 2024.

According to information presented in court, on May 23, 2022, local law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Bronnon was a passenger.  The driver consented to a search of the vehicle, during which a backpack was located that contained various pieces of paperwork with Bronnon’s name and a rifle magazine containing ammunition.  A rifle was also located on the rear passenger floorboard.  This case was investigated by the ATF and the Port Arthur Police Department.  Bronnon was a convicted felon and prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.

These cases were 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.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell James.

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Davilyn Walston

Public Affairs Officer/Law Enforcement Coordinator

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Eastern District of Texas

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