HOUSTON – A 39-year-old
Houston man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for
possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced Acting U.S. Attorney
Abe Martinez. Ronnie Thomas pleaded guilty May 15, 2017.
Today, U.S. District Judge
Vanessa D. Gilmore handed Thomas a total sentence of 100 months in federal
prison to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release.
On Aug. 17, 2016, law
enforcement attempted to stop Thomas on Belarbor Street in Houston after he
failed to stop at a stop sign and failed to signal a right turn. Instead,
Thomas led officers on a car chase through a residential area. Five police
vehicles were ultimately involved with Thomas reaching speeds of 80 miles per
After nearly three miles,
Thomas crashed into a parked vehicle at a house on Belneath Street. He
then got out of the vehicle, carrying a backpack, and led officers on a foot
chase through several backyards. He was apprehended as he attempted to
climb a fence surrounding a house on Belgard Street.
Upon his arrest, law
enforcement officers discovered a gun, two high-capacity extended magazines and
nine different types of drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, zolpidem,
cocaine, promethazine, ecstasy, methadone, codeine and marijuana.
Thomas has 12 Texas state
criminal convictions as well as two previous convictions in federal court for
possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and is thereby, prohibited from
possessing a firearm per federal law.
He will remain in custody
pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the
The Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S.
Attorney Sam Brown IV is prosecuting the case.