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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2011

CAMBODIAN NATIONAL CONVICTED OF FEDERAL FIREARMS VIOLATIONS

TYLER, Texas - A 26-year-old Cambodian national illegally living in Caney City, Texas has been convicted of federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Chhourngly Kheng was found guilty by a jury of being an unlawful alien in possession of a firearm following a trial before U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.  The jury returned the verdict around 7:19 pm on Aug. 30, 2011.

                According to information presented in court, on Apr. 27, 2010, law enforcement officers responded to a call reporting a shooting at a business identified as Thunder Liquor in Caney city, Texas.  Upon arrival, officers discovered that Kheng, an employee of Thunder Liquor, had fired a .38 caliber revolver at two customers as they left the parking lot.  Kheng was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 3, 2011.

Following the guilty verdict, Kheng was remanded into custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to await sentencing.  Kheng faces up to 10 years in federal prison and deportation.  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 ATF, ICE/HSI, Log Cabin Police Department, and Caney City Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Allen Hurst and Jim Noble.

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