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Dec. 9, 2009


(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – A Corpus Christi man will be serving more than three years in federal prison without parole for unlawfully possessing a machine gun, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

Anthony Gilbert Martinez Jr., 40, of Corpus Christi, was found guilty after a bench trial in September 2009 for possessing a fully automatic machine gun not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. Today, U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack sentenced him to 41 months imprisonment to be followed by a three-year-term of supervised release.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD) initiated an investigation in March 2009 when law enforcement officers responded to a discharging firearms call within a residential area of the city. CCPD officers arrived in the area and heard approximately 50 gunshots from several different weapons. The shooting continued for approximately 30 minutes as the officers indentified Martinez’s residence. The officers located several firearms inside the residence including a fully automatic machine gun that was not properly registered to Martinez in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Martinez, who had been out on bond pending the trial, was remanded to federal custody following his conviction in September. Martinez will remain in custody and serve his sentence at a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt.




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