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Richmond Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Firearms Violations

Aaron Martinez, 33, of Richmond, has been sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for firearms violations, U.S. Attorney Damien M. Diggs announced today.

Martinez pleaded guilty to charges of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. The sentencing was handed down by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone on June 27, 2024.

Court documents revealed that Martinez was stopped for a routine traffic violation in Vidor on August 3, 2021. During the stop, law enforcement officers discovered Martinez had an outstanding felony warrant. A subsequent search of his vehicle uncovered a loaded firearm and ammunition. Further investigation confirmed Martinez's status as a convicted felon, thereby prohibiting him from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

This prosecution was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, a collaborative effort involving federal, state, and local agencies aimed at reducing violent crime. PSN focuses on targeting the most violent offenders while also supporting community-based prevention and reentry programs.

The investigation was conducted by the Vidor Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel Grove prosecuted the case.

For further information, please contact the U.S. Attorney's Office at [contact information].

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