Kilgore man gets 10 years for sawed-off shotgun

Michael Shane Donald
Michael Shane Donald

Released by The US Attorney's Office-Eastern District:

MARSHALL, TX (KLTV) - A 42-year-old Kilgore, 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.

Michael Shane Donald pleaded guilty on Nov. 3, 2010, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge T. John Ward.

According to information presented in court, on May 24, 2010, Donald was found to be in possession of a sawed-off shotgun with an obliterated serial number in Upshur County, Texas.  Further investigation revealed Donald was a convicted felon, having been found guilty of assault, family violence in 2004 in Upshur County.  Convicted felons are prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Donald was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 14, 2010 and charged with federal firearms violations.

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 ATF and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.