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2 Men Get Hammered with 100+ Year Prison Sentences for Violent Robberies in and Around Houston

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HOUSTON – Two men have been handed some of the largest sentences imposed in the Southern District of Texas following their convictions on multiple firearms charges and the violent robberies of mobile phone stores, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Robert Elder, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Former Williamson County Judge Sentenced To Federal Prison for Firearms Violation and False Statement to a Government Agent

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In Austin today, 70-year-old former Williamson County Judge Timothy L. Wright, of Georgetown was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for engaging in the business of dealing firearms without a license and making false statements to a Government agent announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Robert Elder, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Acting Special Agent in Charge Aristides Jimenez.

Career Criminal Gets More Than 15 Years In Prison

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A Corpus Christi man has been handed a significant sentence following his conviction of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. John Eric Garcia, 27, entered a plea of guilty Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.

Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos sentenced Garcia to a 200-month-term which will be followed by five years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, Judge Ramos further noted that Garcia’s criminal history was extensive and very serious.

Williamson County Court at Law Judge Indicted by Federal Grand Jury in Connection with Firearm Violations and False Statements to a Government Agent

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In Austin today, a federal grand jury indicted Williamson County Judge Timothy L. Wright, III, on various firearm violations and making false statements to a government agent. That announcement was made today by Acting United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Robert Elder, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge James Spero.

Four Receive Federal Prison Terms for Role in Firearms Trafficking Scheme

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In San Antonio this morning, four individuals received federal prison terms for their roles in a San Antoniobased firearms trafficking scheme announced U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Janice Ayala and Special Agent in Charge Robert Elder, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Houston Division.

Joint Investigation Leads to Multiple Arrests in Huntsville and Surrounding Areas

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HOUSTON – A coordinated effort among federal, state and local officials has led to the federal indictment of eight individuals for trafficking in methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Special Agent in Charge Robert W. Elder of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Walker County Sheriff Clint R. McRae and Huntsville Police Department Chief Kevin Lunsford.

Six Plead Guilty for Their Roles in Illegally Purchasing Firearms

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Six people residing in South Texas have been convicted of making false statements in the purchase of firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Special Agent in Charge Robert W. Elder of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Antonio Rafalel Ruvalcaba, 23, of Los Fresnos; Miguel Angel Luiton, 23, of San Benito; Ilse Alejandra Chazco, 23, and Ike Samuel Jr. 25, both of Brownsville; and Jose Dosal, 34, and Ester Cardenas, 28, both of Harlingen, entered guilty pleas today before U.S.  District Judge Andrew S. Hanen. 

Seven More Sentenced for Involvement in Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Racketeering Conspiracy

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HOUSTON – Seven Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang members from Houston and Dallas were sentenced to prison this week for their roles in the violent ABT enterprise, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal.

Van Zandt County Convicted Felon Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violation

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TYLER, Texas - A 27-year-old Grand Saline, Texas, man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

James Matthew Herring pleaded guilty on Aug. 6, 2014, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.

Alamo Woman Heads to Prison for Multiple Firearms Convictions

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Yadira Garcia, 35, has been ordered to prison following her six counts of conviction for making false statements on firearm records, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Robert W. Elder, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). A federal jury convicted Garcia, of Alamo, July 22, 2014, following two days of trial and approximately 30 minutes of deliberation.

Three Sentenced for Involvement in Conspiracy to Export Firearms

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MCALLEN, Texas – Cassandra Camacho, 25, of Mission; and Juan Ivan Rodriguez, 34, and Nestor Leal-Cedillo, 24, of Reynoso, Mexico, have all been ordered to federal prison for conspiring to export firearms into Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Leal-Cedillo pleaded guilty June 12, 2014, while Camacho and Rodriguez entered their pleas July 1, 2014.

Former Gun Store Owner Heads to Prison for Firearms Violation

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~~VICTORIA, Texas – Garrett Vincent Riedesel, 24, of Victoria, has been sentenced for his conviction of one count of possession of an unregistered firearm, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Riedesel, a federal firearms licensee who owned Garrett’s Gun Vault in Victoria, pleaded guilty July 8, 2014. The store is now closed.
 
Today, Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Riedesel a total sentence of 24 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by two years of supervised release.
 

ATF Announces 63 Year Sentence in Connection with Gun Store Robbery Fugitive Sought

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HOUSTON ? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced that on September 17, 2014, Matthew Nelson was found guilty of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine). On September 18, 2014, Nelson was sentenced to a term of 63 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas department of Criminal Justice.

Final Defendant Sentenced to Federal Prison in San Antonio's Duffle Bag Mafia Drug Distribution/Firearms Smuggling Operation

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In San Antonio, 37-year-old Jesus Carmona of San Antonio received 101 months in federal prison for his role in a drug distribution and firearms smuggling operation announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Robert Elder, Houston Division, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Janice Ayala, San Antonio Division and San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

All 36 Charged Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Members and Associates Have Pleaded Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charges in Southern District of Texas

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The remaining two defendants of 36 accused in the Southern District of Texas of racketeering activities as part of their roles with the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) have pleaded guilty, capping a six-year sweeping effort that has led to 73 convictions across five federal districts and the decimation of the gang’s leadership and violent members and associates. Those convicted were charged with involvement in a criminal organization that engaged in murders, kidnappings, brutal beatings, fire bombings and drug trafficking.

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