DOJ Seal Department of Justice  

United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2009                                      PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                                DIRECT: (409) 981-7902 CELL: (409) 553-9881



            TEXARKANA, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 19-year-old Texarkana, Arkansas man has been sentenced for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

GARRETT MICHAEL UNDERWOOD pleaded guilty on May 18, 2009, to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 5 years probation today by U.S. District Judge David Folsom.

According to information presented in court, in October, 2008, Underwood was found to be in possession of a firearm while being subject to a protection order issued by the circuit court of Miller County, Arkansas, Domestic Relations Division, which prohibited him from possessing a firearm while he was subject to the protection order.  Underwood was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 2, 2008.

            This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.


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