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April 11, 2013

Six GRAND SALINE, TEXAS MAN SENTENCED FOR BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
Expired Inspection Sticker Leads to Federal Prison Sentence

 TYLER, Texas - A 49-year-old Grand Saline, Texas man has been sentenced to serve more than three years in a federal prison for possessing a firearm after having been previously convicted of three felony offenses, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Andrew Mark Harris pleaded guilty on January 10, 2013, to possessing a .22 caliber pistol loaded with seven bullets after having been convicted of 3 felony crimes and was sentenced to 40 months incarceration by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis during a hearing today.

According to information presented in court, on April 26, 2012 a Grand Saline police officer stopped Harris for driving a car displaying an expired inspection sticker.  The officer arrested Harris for the offense and then conducted a property inventory of the car’s contents.  The inventory led to the discovery of the loaded pistol.  In 2004 Harris was convicted in federal court for distributing methamphetamine.  He also has Debit Card Abuse and Credit Card abuse convictions in Kaufman and Van Zandt Counties, respectively.     

            This case was investigated by the Grand Saline Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Tyler Office and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

 

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