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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2011

UPSHUR COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL GUN VIOLATIONS

MARSHALL, Texas - A 56-year-old Diana, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for 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 and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge T. John Ward.  Turner was also ordered to forfeit a Winchester sawed-off 30-30 rifle.

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

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