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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2009                                              PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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FEDERAL GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS
 IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

 

            TYLER, TX—U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced that a federal grand jury returned indictments today charging multiple individuals in separate cases of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
             
            JUAN MANUEL PADRON-LEYVA, 22, of Mexico, was indicted on charges of re-entry of a deported alien.  According to the indictment, on Feb. 7, 2009, Padron was found unlawfully in the United States after having been deported in 2007.  If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison. 

            This case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security/Immigration Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.

            ERIK LAMAR ADDISON, 30, of Longview, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  According to the indictment, Addison was found to be in possession of approximately 65 grams of crack cocaine and 190 grams of powder cocaine.  If convicted, he faces up to Life in federal prison.
           
            This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Moore.

           
            KEVIN ANTONIO JONES, 38, of Longview, was indicted on charges of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  According to the indictment, Jones was arrested at Benny Jackson Park in Longview on Mar. 16, 2009, and found to be in possession of 100 grams of crack cocaine.  If convicted, he faces up to Life in federal prison .

            This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Moore.

            BRYAN W. LIVINGSTON, 36, of Center, Texas, was indicted and charged with disposing of property mortgaged to a Farm Credit Agency.  According to the indictment, on Nov. 6, 2007, Livingston converted to his own use 231 head of cattle valued at $104,491.51 that were mortgaged to the Farm Services Agency.  If convicted, Livingston faces up to 25 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the United States Department of Agriculture and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Arnold Spencer.

            RUSSELL LEE LEWIS, 33, of Kaufman, Texas, was indicted and charged with u se of a counterfeit access device and attempted use of an unauthorized access device.  According to the indictment, on Feb. 15, 2008, Lewis used a counterfeit credit card that was not issued to him and on Mar. 5, 2008, Lewis was found in possession of a second counterfeit credit card that was also not issued to him. If convicted, Lewis faces up to 25 years in federal prison.

             The case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Arnold Spencer is prosecuting the case.

            STEPHANIE PUCKETT, 34, of Ore City, is charged with embezzlement by a bank employee.  According to the indictment, from 2005 until January 2008, Puckett embezzled approximately $209,200 from City National Bank where she was employed. If convicted, she faces up to 25 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Arnold Spencer.

            BILLY DON HAWTHORN, 48, of Marshall, Texas, was indicted on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to the indictment, on Mar. 8, 2009, Hawthorn was found in possession of a firearm after having been convicted for other state and federal offenses in the Eastern District of Texas on five previous occasions.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

             This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Moore.

            ALBERT F. SLATTER, JR., 58, of Longview, was indicted for possession of child pornography.  According to the indictment, Slatter was found to be in possession of a computer and DVDs containing child pornography.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison. 

            This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

            The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and the Longview Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Jackson.

            GARY ANDERA BATES, 44, of Stamford, Texas, was indicted for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and use of a communication facility in causing or facilitating a felony under the controlled substance act.  According to the indictment, Bates conspired to distribute more than more than 5 kilograms of cocaine in the Camp County, Texas area, and elsewhere.  It is also alleged that Bates used his cell phone to help further the conspiracy to distribute cocaine.  If convicted Bates faces up to Life in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Texas Department of Public Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Simpson.

            CHRISTOPHER GENE KALKA, 34, of Lufkin, was indicted and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to the indictment, on Dec. 9, 2008, Kalka was found to be in possession of a firearm near Zavalla.  Further investigation revealed Kalka is a convicted felon.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison. 

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Texas Parks and Wildlife and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Flournoy.

            SAMUEL De JESUS SILVERIO, 41, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, was indicted and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver cocaine.  According to the indictment, on Mar. 25, 2009, Silverio was arrested following a traffic stop in Nacogdoches during which 7 kilograms of cocaine was discovered in a hidden compartment of his vehicle.  If convicted, Silverio faces up to Life in federal prison. 

            This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Flournoy.

            BILLY RAY HAMMACK, 40, of Nacogdoches, was indicted and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to the indictment, Hammack was found to be in possession of a firearm on Dec. 24, 2008, in Nacogdoches after law enforcement officials responded to a report of shots being fired on FM 1275.  Further investigation revealed Hammck is a convicted felon.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.    

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Texas Parks and Wildlife and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Flournoy.

            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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