DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas


THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902



            SHERMAN, Texas – An 18 year-old Plano, Texas man has been found guilty by a jury today of federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales. 

            Laterrious Dmontre Coleman was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm following a two-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider.

            According to information presented in court, on Dec. 20, 2009, Coleman and another man robbed the Taco Cabana located in the 3700 block of N. US Highway 75 in Sherman at gunpoint.  As the two fled the scene, law enforcement officers arrived and apprehended both suspects.  Further investigation revealed that Coleman was a convicted felon and prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Coleman was convicted of burglary in Collin County in 2009.  He was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 10, 2010, and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

            Coleman was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a national priority of the United States Department of Justice.  PSN is designed as a partnership between federal and local law enforcement to reduce violent crime and gun-related crime through the vigorous enforcement of the criminal provisions of the federal firearms laws.

            Coleman faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            The case was investigated by the ATF, the Sherman Police Department, the Grayson County Sheriff's Office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.  This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Roy and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Collins.


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