El Dorado, Arkansas – David Clay Fowlkes, First Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Christopher Gibson, age 41, of Crossett, Arkansas, was sentenced today to 63 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for one count of being a Felon In Possession of a Firearm. The Honorable Chief Judge Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in El Dorado.
According to court records on October 9, 2019, Arkansas State Parole Officers and Ashley County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a parole search on Gibson at Gibson’s residence, which is located in the Western District of Arkansas. During the search of his residence, officers located and seized a loaded Mossberg 12-guage shotgun and several shotgun shells. Gibson was taken into custody without incident.
Gibson was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2019, and entered a guilty plea in February of 2020.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
This case was investigated by the Ashley County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Probation and Parole Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Fire, Tobacco, and Explosives (ATF). Assistant United States Attorney Bryan Achorn prosecuted the case for the United States.