Fairfield, Texas (KETK) — An East Texas man is sentenced for felon in possession of a firearm.
Victor Vasquez, 35, of Fairfield was arrested Tuesday for charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Vasquez was setenced to more than five years in federal prison.
Vasquez must also forfeit a 12 gauge shotgun and a 7.62x39 mm semi-automatic rifle to the government.
According to information presented in court, on April 4, 2012, Vasquez was stopped by a police officer in Rusk, Texas for speeding. During the stop, the officer found that Vasquez had been drinking alcoholic beverages. He was placed under arrest for a DWI. Following the arrest, the officer inventoried Vasquez's vehicle and found the gun mentioned above.
the next day, a Rusk detective found that Vasquez had a prior felony conviction for Attempted Aggravated Burglary in Kansas. The detective issued a search warrant to search is vehicle more thorougly.
During the search, officers found a short barrel 12 gauge shotgun and a dozen 12 gauge shotgun shells under the backseat of the car.