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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2011

PANOLA COUNTY MAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL FIREARMS VIOLATIONS

TYLER,  Texas - A 24-year-old Carthage, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Jeremy Preston Hall pleaded guilty to being a drug user in possession of a firearm on Sep. 12, 2011 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

According to information presented in court, on Sep. 30, 2009, Hall was found to be in possession of a Glock pistol and marijuana in Panola County, Texas.  Hall also admitted to using methamphetamine and having approximately eight firearms in his possession in recent months.  .  Hall was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 2, 2011, and charged with federal firearms violations.

Hall 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 is being investigated by the ATF, the Panola County Sheriff's Office, and the Carthage Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

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