A 38-year-old Waco man convicted by a federal jury of being a felon in possession of a firearm said he carried a gun because he feared harm from a religious sect feuding with self-proclaimed prophet George Roden.
The jury deliberated about 30 minutes Tuesday before convicting Donnie Joel Harvey, 38, of carrying a .25-caliber pistol when authorities arrested him in February 1988.
Waco police arrested Harvey while serving a search warrant at a North Waco residence. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Johnston said Harvey drove up to the residence, unaware that a search warrant was being executed, and police asked him if he was carrying a weapon.
Officers found a .25-caliber pistol in Harvey’s back pocket, Johnston said.