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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas has announced that a Newton man has been convicted on a federal firearm violation.

According to Prosecutor Joseph D. Brown, 41-year-old Desmond Deray Gatson was found guilty by a jury on Wednesday following a 2-day trial in U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone’s courtroom in Beaumont.

Brown said Gatson was tried on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm, which stemmed from a February 8th, 2019 traffic stop by Beaumont police on Lucas Drive after they observed Gatson driving a vehicle with an obstructed license plate. During the traffic stop, Brown said officers could smell marijuana and Gatson indicated that he had just finished smoking marijuana.

Brown said Gatson, who was a previously convicted felon and served prison time for a drug conviction, had a handgun under the seat and marijuana in the center console.

Gatson now faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing.

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