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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Texas

For Immediate Release

September 18, 2012

Sarah R. Saldana, United States Attorney

Contact: Kathy Colvin 214.659.8600

Federal Jury Convicts Fort Worth Man on Federal Firearms Offenses

FORT WORTH, Texas – Following a one-day jury trial in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth, Texas, Booker Bernard Preston, 38, of Fort Worth, Texas, was convicted on federal firearms offenses, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Specifically, the jury found Preston guilty on one count of selling a firearm to a convicted felon and one count of possessing an unregistered sawed-off shotgun. Each count carries a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Preston, who remains on bond, is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge John McBryde on January 4, 2013.

During trial, the government presented evidence that in August 2010, special agents with the ATF received information from a confidential informant that an individual, later identified as Preston, was selling a large amount of handguns and rifles, and that he was known to take and fill orders for firearms and not require any paperwork to purchase the firearms.

In an undercover operation on November 15, 2010, Preston sold a Bryco, Model 48, .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol to a convicted felon. On November 19, 2010, a federal search warrant was executed at Preston's residence, during which 24 firearms were seized, including a sawed-off shotgun, which Preston stated he had made the previous week.

The case was investigated by ATF and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. Bradford.