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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 06, 2011

Smith County, Texas Man Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violations

TYLER,  Texas - A 35-year-old Tyler, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for  firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Ernesto Camacho pleaded guilty on Sep. 8, 2011, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

According to information presented in court, on Mar. 1, 2011, Camacho was arrested following a traffic stop during which a firearm was discovered in his vehicle.  Further investigation revealed Camacho was a convicted felon, having been previously found guilty of aggravated assault, arson and theft.  As a convicted felon, Camacho is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Camacho was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 2, 2011, and charged with federal firearms violations.
This case was 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 ATF and the Smith County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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