East Texan gets 1.5 years in prison on federal weapons charges

He also must take part in an anger management program; forfeit the 119 guns and 20,908 rounds of ammunition that agents seized from his home

ATF agents box firearms seized in a raid the afternoon of March 7, 2018, at a house in Hooks, Texas. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)
ATF agents box firearms seized in a raid the afternoon of March 7, 2018, at a house in Hooks, Texas. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)

TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) - An East Texan must serve 1.5 years in federal prison for having more than 100 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition that he should not have had.

Robert D. Whittington, 79, of Hooks, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Texarkana, Texas.

He pleaded guilty Oct. 4 to one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of ammunition.

As a result, the retired Army colonel could have faced up to 10 years in prison, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

The sentence imposed Thursday by Judge Robert W. Schroeder III recommends that Whittington serve his time at FCI Texarkana, if available, and that, while there, “receive appropriate mental health treatment.”

Court documents show that can be a combination of psychiatric, psychological or mental health treatment programs.

Special conditions also call for Whittington to “participate in a program of anger management counseling” until he is discharged from prison.

And once out of prison, he has been ordered to serve three years on federal supervised release.

ATF agents load boxes labeled as evidence onto a rental truck the afternoon of March 7, 2018, in Hooks, Texas. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)
ATF agents load boxes labeled as evidence onto a rental truck the afternoon of March 7, 2018, in Hooks, Texas. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)

Whittington also must forfeit 119 guns and 20,908 rounds of ammunition. Those guns include 61 rifles, 28 pistols and 16 revolvers of various calibers plus 14 shotguns of various gauges.

AFT agents seized the firearms and ammunition March 7, 2018, from Whittington’s home on Avenue D.

At the time, he was a convicted felon - having been convicted of terrorizing Jan. 3, 2011, in Bossier-Webster District Court in Benton, LA.

And convicted felons are prohibited from having guns.

A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Texas indicted Whittington on May 16.

Whittington must report to prison before 2 p.m. June 3.

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