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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Texas

For Immediate Release

November 2, 2011

John M. Bales, United States Attorney

Contact: Davilyn Walston, Public Affairs Officer
(409) 981-7902

Orange County, Texas Woman Sentenced For Federal Gun Violations

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 38-year-old Orange, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Tonya Warren, also known as Tonya Stanley, pleaded guilty on Apr. 19, 2011, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

According to information presented in court, on Aug 30, 2010, Warren was stopped for a speeding violation in Orange County. During the stop, it was discovered that there were three stolen firearms in the trunk of Warren’s vehicle and that she was on her way to meet an individual who was to purchase the weapons. Further investigation revealed Warren was a convicted felon, having been previously found guilty in Tarrant County of using fraudulent identity, three counts of theft of a vehicle, and forgery all in 2005. In 2007, Warren was also found guilty in Tarrant County of unlawful possession of a weapon, theft of a vehicle, burglary of a habitation, and two counts of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. As a convicted felon, Warren is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. Warren was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 15, 2010, and charged with federal firearms violations.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in the Eastern District of Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

This case was investigated by the ATF and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle S. Englade.