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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2008                 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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LIBERTY COUNTY MAN GUILTY
OF FEDERAL FIREARMS VIOLATIONS

BEAUMONT, TX - United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 36-year-old Cleveland, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal firearms charges in the Eastern District of Texas. 

LARRY WAYNE DUNCAN pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm today before United States District Judge Thad Heartfield.

            According to information presented in court, on August 15, 2007, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Duncan's residence in Liberty County where they discovered firearms belonging to Duncan.  Further investigation revealed Duncan to be a convicted felon having been convicted in Liberty County in 2004 for possession of a controlled substance.  As a convicted felon, Duncan is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Duncan was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 17, 2007 for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

            Duncan faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.  A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being investigated by the Chambers County Narcotics Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall L. Fluke.

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