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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 08, 2013

ATHENS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BEING FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John M. Bales announced today that
Frankie Darrell Durant, a 50 year old Athens, Texas man, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm during a hearing before United States Magistrate Judith K. Guthrie.

            On September 12, 2012, Durant was indicted by a federal grand jury on a 1 count indictment.  According to information presented in court, on or about July 26, 2011, Durant possessed three firearms in Smith County, Texas. The firearms were located in a storage room that was rented by Durant.  Durant also admitted that the he previously had been convicted of possession of a controlled substance, a felony offense, in 2007.

            Durant faces no more than 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a term of not more than 3 years of supervised release. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

            This case is being investigated by the Department of Public Safety and it is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

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