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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2007                                            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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            (BEAUMONT, TX) – United States Attorney John Ratcliffe announced today that a 46-year-old Beaumont woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm in the Eastern District of Texas.
DONNA LYNN BAINE was charged with possessing multiple firearms and explosive devices after being previously convicted of two felony drug offenses in 2006.

            According to court documents, a search warrant was executed on August 7, 2007, at Baine's residence during which officers recovered 35 firearms, several explosive devices and numerous rounds of ammunition.

            If convicted, Baine faces up to ten years in federal prison and a fine not to exceed $250,000.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Englade.

            A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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