A 19-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for gun violations as a result of Operation Time Machine in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Dontae Dwayne Hal pleaded guilty on Sep. 17, 2010 to illegal receipt of a firearm by a person under indictment and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark. Judge Clark ordered that the sentence be served consecutively to Hal's 20 year prison sentence with the State of Texas for burglary of a habitation.
According to information presented in court, on June 13, 2010, at 1:00 am, a Port Arthur police officer observed a vehicle parked in front of a closed convenience store on 7th Street. The driver and passenger doors of the vehicle were open. The officer recognized Hal, whom he had prior dealings with and knew to be violating his felony probation. When questioned, Hal admitted to having a .380 pistol in a holster in his waistband. Hal admitted to receiving the pistol that same evening at a house party. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on July 21, 2010, charging Hal with federal firearms violations.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods' Operation Time Machine program. Operation Time Machine is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in Port Arthur, Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.