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March 01, 2011

MARSHALL, Texas - A 56-year-old Diana, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Franklin Levern Turner pleaded guilty on Feb. 28, 2011, to possessing an unregistered firearm before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Everingham, IV.

According to information presented in court, on July 15, 2009, Turner was found to be in possession of a firearm with a barrel length of less than eighteen inches which was not registered to him in the National Firearms and Transfer Record.  Turner was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 4, 2010 and charged with federal firearms violations.

Turner 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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