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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 03, 2011

Anderson County Man Guilty of Federal Gun Violations

TYLER, Texas - A 34-year-old Palestine, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal gun violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                James Emil Hanson pleaded guilty on June 2, 2011 to possession of an unregistered firearm before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

According to information presented in court, on Oct. 1, 2009, Hanson was found in possession of an unregistered firearm.  He was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 2, 2011, and charged with federal violations.

Hanson 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 ATF and the Anderson County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randi Russell.

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