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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

News Release

Houston Field Division

For Immediate Release

Monday, September 22, 2014
Contact: Contact: PIO (Nicole Strong)

ATF Announces 63 Year Sentence in Connection with Gun Store Robbery Fugitive Sought

HOUSTON ? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced that on September 17, 2014, Matthew Nelson was found guilty of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine). On September 18, 2014, Nelson was sentenced to a term of 63 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas department of Criminal Justice.

According to information presented in court, an Aggravated Robbery investigation into the Cash America Pawn located at 1209 Bay Area Blvd. in Houston, Texas, which resulted in the conviction of Brian Keith Dickson, led investigators to Matthew Nelson.  A federal search warrant which was executed at Nelson's residence revealed ammunition, child pornography, and controlled substances packaged for distribution.

Dickson pled guilty to Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon (firearm) in the 338th District Court of Harris County, Texas and received 18 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

"We are so fortunate to have a great relationship with all our law enforcement partners. The collaboration by investigators on this case was outstanding and the evidence gathered helped jurors make an easy decision. Justice was served," said Assistant District Attorney Stephen Driver.

Nelson fled on the second day of trial and was ultimately convicted in abstentia on September 18, 2014 to a term of 63 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas department of Criminal Justice.

Robert Elder, the Special Agent in Charge for ATF, stated "We are grateful for the conviction of Mr. Nelson. When he is apprehended and brought forth to serve his sentence, justice will then be fully served".

 

CRIME STOPPERS IS OFFERING UP TO A $5000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE WHEREABOUTS AND ARREST OF

MATTHEW NELSON

Picture of suspect Mathew Nelson.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT NELSON IS URGED TO CALL

713-222-TIPS

ALL CALLS REMAIN ANONYMOUS

Warrant # 1333593

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Houston Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Stephen Driver with the Harris County District Attorney's Office       

More information on ATF can be found at www.atf.gov.

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Field Division: Houston Field Division