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ANGELA DODGE

Dec. 22, 2010

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ODEM RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO WEAPONS CHARGES

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Jeremy Charles Davenport has pleaded guilty to two counts involving federal weapons charges, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. Davenport, 35, of Odem, Texas, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack.

Yesterday, Davenport pleaded guilty to being in possession of an I.E.D., or Improvised Explosive Device, on Sept. 29, 2010, as well as being a drug user in possession of 19 firearms including a machine gun. It is against federal law to possess firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance. Davenport admitted that he was illegally using cocaine at the time of the offense.

Davenport was arrested by Corpus Christi Police Officers on Sept. 29, 2010, at a Corpus Christi HEB. Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD) officers were responding to a domestic disturbance in which Davenport was allegedly involved. CCPD officers along with agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) found unregistered destructive devices in his vehicle as well as in his home in Odem. At another residence, ATF agents found various firearms, including a machine gun. In addition to pleading guilty to the two counts, Davenport agreed to forfeit any and all interest in the firearms and explosives, as well as other items, including a grenade launcher and 11,450 rounds of ammunition.

Sentencing for Davenport is scheduled before Judge Jack on March 9, 2011. Both of the charges carries a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment upon conviction, as well as a maximum fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release. Davenport has been in custody since his arrest where he will remain pending his sentencing hearing.

This case was investigated by the ATF and CCPD. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Hess.

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