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HENDERSON COUNTY WOMAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL FIREARMS VIOLATIONS
TYLER, Texas - A 25-year-old Athens, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Lehua Deann Mauala pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen firearm today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.
According to information presented in court, on Dec. 28, 2010, Mauala burglarized a residence in Athens stealing a rifle and several pistols. Mauala was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 11, 2011, and charged with federal firearms violations.
Mauala 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 Henderson County Sheriff's Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.