Beaumont man convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm
David Terrell Christian wanted fugitive
VICTORIA, Texas – A Victoria County jury convicted David Terrell Christian, of Beaumont, of the felony offense of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Authorities said Christian was found with a firearm after residents at the Victoria Housing Authority called 911 regarding an individual arguing with a resident and brandishing a firearm on April 15, 2020. Officers from the Victoria Police Department responded to the call and located Christian in possession of a 9mm semiautomatic pistol.
Christain pleaded not guilty to the offense in front of the jury on Monday, June 21, but failed to appear for trial on Tuesday. The trial resumed without him with the jury deciding on a guilty verdict on Wednesday morning. After hearing further testimony regarding Christian’s criminal history, the jury also returned a verdict on the punishment of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, the maximum sentence possible for the offense charged.
Prosecutors said that Christian had previously been convicted and sentenced to prison for a felony offense in Harris County in 2020. Christian remains a fugitive and will be sentenced formally to the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice once apprehended.
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