An Orange woman was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison for a federal arms violation. U.S. Attorney Jon Bales announced the sentence today.

Tonya Warren, also known as Tonya Stanley, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone, after Warren,38, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in April.

According to information presented in court in August of 2010, Warren was stopped for a speeding violation in Orange County, when it was discovered that she was in possession of three stolen guns in the trunk of her vehicle. Warren was on her way to meet an individual who was going to purchase the firearms.

After further investigation, it was discovered that Warren was a convicted felon, having been found guilty previously in Tarrant County of fraudulent identity, three counts of theft of a vehicle and forgery, all in 2005.

In 2007, Warren was found guilty of unlawful possession of a weapon, theft of a vehicle, burglary of a habitation and two counts of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. These charges were also out of Tarrant County.

Warren is prohibited by law, as a convicted felon, from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. She was indicted and charged in Dec. 2010 with federal firearms violations.

This case was investigated by the ATF and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle S. Englade.