A Whitehouse man was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison Wednesday for possessing firearms and ammunition despite being convicted for assault family violence in 2009. 

U.S. Attorney John Bales said 43-year-old Robert Dean Jackson was sentenced in the Eastern District of Texas courtroom by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.  

According to information presented in court on June 19, state and federal agents executed an arrest warrant for Jackson at his residence in Whitehouse.

Jackson was located on the premises and taken into custody.

Jackson's girlfriend gave agents consent to search the residence, which revealed paraphernalia associated with the use of methamphetamine, three firearms and approximately 30 rounds of ammunition.

Further investigation revealed Jackson had been previously convicted of assault family violence on Jan. 23, 2009 in Smith County.

The conviction prohibited Jackson from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law.

Bales said the case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, 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.

The case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division, the U.S. Postal Inspector's Office and the Smith County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble. 

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