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August 12, 2011


 MARSHALL, Texas - A 45-year-old Gladewater, Texas, man has pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Edward Charles Lee pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm on Aug. 11, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Everingham, IV.

According to information presented in court, on Apr. 7, 2011, Lee was found in possession of numerous firearms.  Further investigation revealed Lee was a convicted felon, having been previously found guilty of battery in 1993.  As a convicted felon, Lee is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Lee was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 11, 2011, and charged with federal firearms violations.

Lee 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 and the Upshur County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.



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