Jasper man gets 46 months for federal gun violation

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - BEAUMONT, Texas (KTRE) - A 29-year-old Jasper, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Courtney Cherry Gaddis, Jr., pleaded guilty on Feb. 16, 2010, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

According to information presented in court, on Sep. 30, 2008, Gaddis was involved in a dispute in the parking lot of a Brookland, Texas night club.  During the incident, Gaddis retrieved a pistol from his vehicle and fired a shot.  Gaddis left the scene and was stopped by law enforcement officers.  A weapon matching the description of the firearm Gaddis fired in the parking lot was located on Hwy 96, less than a half mile from the traffic stop.  Further investigation revealed Gaddis was a convicted felon, having previously been convicted of theft in Jasper County in 2000 and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine in the Eastern District of Texas in 2001.  As a convicted felon, Gaddis is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Gaddis was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 1, 2009.

This conviction is yet another important outcome from Project Safe Neighborhoods, a national priority of the United States Department of Justice. PSN is designed as a partnership between federal and local law enforcement to reduce violent crime and gun-related crime through the vigorous enforcement of the criminal provisions of the federal firearms laws.

PSN is a Department of Justice nationwide initiative that combines traditional law enforcement activities with community-based support and intervention programs. The two primary goals of the PSN initiative is to reduce and prevent violent crimes and to help past offenders adjust and re-enter the community. Founded in 2001, PSN is the nation's largest and most visible effort to combat violent crime and criminal gang activity at the community level by increasing coordination and cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement and the community.

This case was investigated by the Jasper County Sheriff's Office and Game Warden and ATF and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.