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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2011

Gilmer Man Sentenced For Firearms Violation

              MARSHALL, Texas – A 35-year-old Gilmer, 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.

                James Franklin Bracey pleaded guilty on Jan. 6, 2011 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 34 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge T. John Ward.

According to information presented in court, on Dec. 7, 2009, Bracey was found to be in possession of a rifle with an attached scope in Upshur County, which he was using to conduct surveillance on a neighboring Wal-Mart store and then steal items from the store.  Further investigation revealed Bracey was a convicted felon, having previously been found guilty of burglary.  Convicted felons are prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Bracey was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 14, 2010 and charged with federal firearms violations.
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 ATF and the Gilmer Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

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