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Nov. 15, 2012

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Local Gang Members Sent to Federal Prison

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Benito Rodriguez, 36, Andy Soliz, 25, and Adrian Fernandez, 21, all of Corpus Christi, have been sentenced to federal prison without parole following their convictions for firearms violations, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. All three men entered pleas of guilty Sept. 4, 2012, to one count of being a felon in possession of firearms. 

Today, Senior United States District Judge Hayden Head sentenced Rodriguez to180 months imprisonment to be followed by five years of supervised release. Rodriguez had previously been convicted in state court for numerous felonies and was determined to be an armed career criminal by the court. Soliz was sentenced to 66 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. Soliz, who was on federal supervision at the time of this offense, was also sentenced to 12 months imprisonment during a revocation proceeding which will be served consecutively for a total term of 78 months. Fernandez was ordered to serve 66 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

The charges stem from an undercover investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Corpus Christi Police Department Gang and Narcotics Units. During the investigation, agents purchased numerous handguns and recovered hundreds of rounds of ammunition from a residence that had recently been the target of a drive by shooting. It was later determined that several of the firearms purchased were previously stolen in Corpus Christi from a licensed gun dealer.

In federal custody since their arrests, Rodriguez, Soliz and Fernandez will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

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