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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
HTTP://WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             DIRECT: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

TITUS COUNTY MAN GUILTY OF POSSESSING STOLEN FIREARMS

 

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 22-year-old Cookville, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            MICHAEL LAPLACE pleaded guilty to possessing and attempting to sell stolen firearms today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

            According to information presented in court, on June 17, 2009, LaPlace possessed 9 stolen firearms at a residence in Kilgore, Texas and attempted to sell them.  He was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 30, 2009, and charged with federal firearms violations.

            LaPlace faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.
 
            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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