Released by The US Attorney's Office - Eastern District of Texas:
MARSHALL, Texas - A 48-year-old
Gilmer, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the
Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Eric Jason Wright pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm
today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne.
to information presented in court, on Aug. 7, 2010, Wright was found to be in
possession of a shotgun in Upshur County, Texas. Further investigation
revealed Wright had been convicted of delivery of a controlled substance in
Upshur County in 1998. As a convicted felon, Wright is prohibited by
federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. Wright was
indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 2, 2011.
faces up to 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been
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 Upshur County Sheriff's Office
and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.