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EAST TEXAS CONVICTED FELONS APPEAR IN FEDERAL COURT_ON FIREARMS VIOLATIONS
(BEAUMONT, TX) U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that two East Texas convicted felons have been indicted for federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
CHARLES CAMERON FRAZIER, 28, of Lufkin, and BRENT STALSBY, 28, of Nacogdoches, appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Earl S. Hines to be formally charged with being felons in possession of a firearm.
According to the Indictment, an investigation determined that on Aug. 10, 2007, Frazier and Stalsby had been in possession of a Winchester 12 gauge shotgun. Further investigation revealed that both Frazier and Stalsby had prior felony convictions. Frazier was convicted in Nacogdoches County in 2003 for delivery of a controlled substance and in Angelina County in 2003 for aggravated assault of a public servant. Stalsby had two convictions in 2005 in Nacogdoches County; one for possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance and one for possession of a prohibited substance.
As convicted felons, Frazier and Stalsby are prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. If convicted, they face up to 10 years in federal prison. If it is determined that Frazier and Stalsby are Armed Career Criminal offenders, they may receive a sentence of up to Life in federal prison.
Frazier and Stalsby were indicted by a federal grand jury on July 15, 2009, and charged with federal firearms violations.
This case is being investigated by the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, Texas Rangers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Reynaldo P. Morin. The U.S. Attorney's Office is working closely with the Nacogdoches County District Attorney's Office to ensure this case is brought to justice.
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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