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Orange County felon sentenced for federal firearms violation

BEAUMONT, Texas– An Orange, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for a firearms violation in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Damien M. Diggs today.

Lance Steven Allen Jefferson, 36, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone on Feb. 1, 2024.

According to information presented in court, on May 11, 2023, Jefferson was stopped by law enforcement officers for a traffic violation on IH-10 in Beaumont.  Jefferson told officers he had marijuana in the center console of the vehicle as well as a firearm under the seat.  During a search of Jefferson’s vehicle, officers discovered a loaded pistol under the driver’s seat that had been reported stolen in Orange.  Further investigation revealed Jefferson was a previously convicted felon and prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.

This case was 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.

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 Matt Quinn.

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Davilyn Walston

Public Affairs Officer

Eastern District of Texas

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