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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     CONTACT:  Donna Krise
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2008                                  ACTING PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe                                                                               PHONE: (936) 639-4003
                                                                                                    

GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS

            TYLER, TX – United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today multiple indictments have been returned charging individuals with separate criminal violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

 
          JERRY RAY PHILLIPS, 28, from New York was indicted on charges of         
Failure to Register as Sex Offender (Adam Walsh Act Violation).   If convicted, he could face imprisonment of not more than ten years, a fine of $250,000, followed by a term of supervised release of not more than three years.         

          The indictment alleges that in 2004, Jerry Ray Phillips was convicted of a 2nd degree felony of Indecency with a Child Sexual Contact in Cass, County Texas, and was sentenced to two years imprisonment.  In 2006, he was notified by prison officials that he is required to register annually as a sex offender, and he did so register.  However, Phillips has since traveled in interstate commerce to Arkansas and New York, and failed to comply with the registration requirement.

          This case is being investigated by the U.S. Marshals, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney, Denise Simpson.     

            KAWANDA JOHNSON of Texarkana, Texas, was indicted on charges of making a false statement and harboring or concealing escaped prisoner.  If convicted,  she could receive a term of imprisonment of not more than five (5) years; a fine not to exceed $250,000; and supervised release of not more than three (3) years; and a special assessment of $100. 

          The indictment alleges that Johnson told law enforcement officers two escaped prisoners were on their way to Dallas, when both men were concealed in a home in Bowie County.

          This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Denise Simpson.
                It is important to note that an indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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