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            TYLER, TX - United States Attorney Matthew D. Orwig announced today that a 45-year-old Palestine, Texas, man has been sentenced to 180 months in prison for federal gun violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

THEODIS LYNN BARRETT was sentenced today by United States District Judge Leonard Davis for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to information presented in court, on May 14, 2006, Barrett backed into a ditch in Palestine.  A Palestine Police Officer responded to the scene and discovered a loaded shotgun in the back seat of the car. 

Barrett has three prior felony convictions including aggravated assault of a police officer in Anderson County in 1988; delivery of a controlled substance in Anderson County in 1990; and arson in Tarrant County in 1998.  These convictions prohibit Barrett from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. 

            This case was investigated by the Palestine Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregg A. Marchessault.