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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2012

Upshur County Man Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violation

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

                Edward Charles Lee pleaded guilty on Aug. 11, 2011, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 200 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap.

According to information presented in court, on Apr. 7, 2011, Lee was found in possession of numerous firearms in Upshur County, Texas.  Further investigation revealed Lee was a convicted felon, having previously been 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. 
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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