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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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THREE SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL CRIMES
IN EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

(TYLER, TX) United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that three men have been sentenced to federal prison for separate federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.  The sentencing hearings were held today before United States District Judge Michael H. Schneider. 

CHANCELLOR GUNTER, 24, of Gregg County, pleaded guilty on November 7, 2007 to bank robbery and was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison.

According to information presented in court, an investigation revealed that Gunter and a co-defendant robbed the Synergy Federal Credit Union in Longview on October 10, 2006.  On December 7, 2006, the Federal Grand Jury issued a grand jury indictment and subsequent arrest warrant for Gunter and the co-defendant.  

            This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the East Texas Violent Crimes Task Force, the Longview Police Department and the Gilmer Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Moore.

LUIS RUBEN FLORES, 39, of Alamo, Texas, pleaded guilty on November 1, 2007, to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced today to 212 months in federal prison as well as a forfeiture judgment in the amount of $50,000.00.

According to information presented in court, Flores was transporting cocaine in a semi-tractor when he was stopped by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeremy Fountain in Rusk County on U.S. Highway 59.  During the stop, the trooper discovered the cocaine hidden under a load of carrots.

            This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bill Baldwin.

ROMIE WESLEY BROWN, 33, of Dallas, pleaded guilty on September 5, 2007 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison.

According to information presented in court, on May 1, 2007, law enforcement officers responded to a call involving a man with a shotgun.  Once on the scene, they observed Brown exit a vehicle with a shotgun in plain view on the front seat.  Further investigation revealed that Brown had previously been convicted of numerous felony crimes including Evading Arrest/Detention with a Vehicle and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.  As a convicted felon, Brown is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. 

            This case was investigated by the Carthage Police Department and the Bureau of alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jim Noble.

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