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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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ATHENS MAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL FIREARMS VIOLATIONS

 

            TYLER, Texas - A 31-year-old Athens, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Robbie Devon Wilkins pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen firearm today before U.S. District Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

            According to information presented in court, on Dec. 22, 2009, Wilkins sold a semi-automatic rifle to another individual for $500.  The rifle had been stolen during a burglary of the WULF Outdoor Sports store in Athens, Texas on Dec. 14, 2009.  Wilkins admitted that he knew the rifle was stolen property when he sold it.  Wilkins was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 6, 2010 and charged with federal firearms violations.

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


            This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in the Eastern District of Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.


            This case was investigated by the Athens Police Department and the ATF and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

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