HOUSTON – A 37-year-old resident of Houston has entered a guilty plea
to federal charges stemming from his escape from custody, announced U.S.
Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Anthony Brown Jr. was convicted of being a
felon in possession of a firearm in 2009 and has been in custody since that
On April 8, 2019, Brown was placed in a local
half-way house to complete that sentence. A few weeks
later, during a regular accountability check, officials discovered he was
missing. They discovered he did not have permission to leave or absence himself
from custody and opened a fugitive investigation.
Authorities conducted a stop May 3 near
Pinemont street on U.S. highway 290 after a vehicle had committed a traffic
violation. Brown was driving. They immediately discovered who he was and took
him into custody.
During the search of his vehicle, officers
found a semi-automatic handgun hidden behind the glove box.
U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett
accepted the plea and will set sentencing at a later date. At that time,
Brown faces up to five more years in federal prison and a possible $250,000
The U.S. Marshals Service, Texas Department
of Public Safety and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
conducted the investigation and arrest. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Porto
prosecuted the case.