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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

 

GRAYSON COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR PIPE BOMB VIOLATION

                SHERMAN, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 48-year-old Howe, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for a firearms violation in the Eastern District of Texas.

                JAMES ELBY ROGERS pleaded guilty on Nov. 6, 2009, to possession of a pipe bomb and was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison on Mar 2, 2010, by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

                According to information presented in court, in March 2009, a destructive device, commonly referred to as a pipe bomb, was discovered at a residence where Rogers had been staying.  The Denton County Bomb Squad safely removed and detonated the device without incident.  He was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 9, 2009 and charged with federal firearms violations.

                This conviction is yet another important outcome from 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.

                This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Grayson County Sheriff's Office and was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Roy.

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