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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

January 26, 2010

John M. Bales, Acting United States Attorney

Contact: Davilyn Walston

Public Information Officer

(409) 981-7902

(409) 553-9881 (Cell)

Silsbee Man Sentenced For Federal Gun Crimes

BEAUMONT, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 38-year-old Silsbee, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm in the Eastern District of Texas.

ROGEST DAVIS pleaded guilty on July 22, 2009, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. Davis was also ordered to surrender all interest in his firearms and all associated ammunition.

According to information presented in court, on Mar. 11, 2009, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at Davis' residence in Silsbee, Texas. During the search, officers discovered a rifle, a pistol, and more than 300 rounds of ammunition. Further investigation revealed Davis had been previously convicted of aggravated assault in 1993 in Jefferson County; assault on a public servant in 1999 in Jones County, Texas; and assault on a public servant in Jones County, Texas in 2001. As a convicted felon, Davis is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. Davis was indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 18, 2009 and charged with federal gun crimes.

This case was investigated by the Silsbee Police Department, Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the Hardin County District Attorney's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Peacock.

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