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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Tennessee

For Immediate Release

January 16, 2013

William C. Killian, United States Attorney

Contact: Sharry Dedman-Beard, Public Information Officer
(865) 545-4167

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Rocky and Leon Houston For Federal Firearms Violations

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, a federal grand jury in Knoxville returned a 14-count indictment against Rocky Houston, 52, charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms. A one-count indictment was also returned again Leon Houston, 54, for possession of firearms while being an unlawful user of controlled substances.

Both Houstons are residents of Ten Mile, Tenn. If convicted, each faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Arraignment for Rocky Houston is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Knoxville. An arraignment and detention hearing for Leon Houston is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, also in U.S. District Court in Knoxville.

Members of the public are reminded that these are only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.