ETX man sentenced to 90 months in jail for firearms violations
BEAUMONT, Texas (KETK) — A 31-year-old Nacogdoches man has been sentenced to federal prison for firearms violations in the East Texas.
Lincoln Watts pleaded guilty on November 19, 2012 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison on Monday.
According to the information presented in court, on November 13, 2011, police responded to a report of a disturbance involving a weapon encounter with Watts in the 100 block of Zula Street in Nacogdoches.
Watts allowed to be searched and was arrested after an officer discovered a loaded pistol in the front of his pants pocket. Further investigation revealed that Watts was a convicted felon and was found guilty of aggravated robbery in Nacgodoches County, possession of a firearm while under indictment, possession of a stolen firearm, and burglary of federal firearms licensee in East Texas. All of these crimes were committed in 2001.
Federal law prohibits a convicted felon from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. Watts was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 3, 2012.
The case was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Imitative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition, body armor, and improving the safety of residents in East Texas.