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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2010                                          PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                               DIRECT: (409) 981-7902 CELL: (409) 553-9881



            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 33-year-old Longview, Texas man has pleaded guilty to firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

KYLE CARLOS COOPER pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

According to information presented in court, on Jan. 16, 2009, Cooper was found to be in possession of a firearm.  Further investigation revealed that Cooper was a convicted felon, having been previously convicted in Gregg County of theft in 1994, theft in 2000 and forgery in 2003.  As a convicted felon, Cooper is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Oct. 7, 2009, charging Cooper with federal firearms violations.

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

            This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Gregg County CODE Unit and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.


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