NDTX Round Up: April 2 – 8
SENTENCING – MATTHEW ALLEN
On April 6, Matthew Allen, 37, was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison for attempted arson. Allen and another man drove from Houston to Dallas to commit arson of a local night club. Allen and the man wore Tyvek suits and used a crowbar to break into the nightclub. Once inside, Allen poured gasoline throughout the interior of the building. An unknown ignition source lit the gasoline causing Allen to flee the location. Once the fire flamed out, Allen returned to the night club and observed the man whom he arrived with dead from severe burns. Allen retrieved car keys from the man’s motionless body and returned to Houston. The ATF, FBI, Dallas Fire Department, and Dallas Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Walt Junker prosecuted the case.
GUILTY PLEA – ELLIS CHARLES WHITE
On April 6, Ellis Charles White, 45, plead guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. White sold synthetic cannabinoids to an undercover officer at a Dallas area store that had been under investigation due to sustained complaints about drug trafficking and illegal gambling on the premises. Dallas Police executed a search warrant at the store and seized synthetic cannabinoids, methamphetamine, a firearm, and ammunition. White faces up to 20 years in federal prison for his crimes. The DEA and the Dallas Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Myria Boehm prosecuted the case.
SENTENCING – ANTHONY RENEE ESPINOSA
On March 30, Anthony Renee Espinosa, 29, was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison for transporting and shipping child pornography. Espinosa admitted that he has been involved in child pornography offenses for approximately six years and uses websites and mobile to receive, distribute and view child pornography. He also admitted that he joined specific social media groups in which users would share child pornography and would trade material with other Kik users in exchanged for other child pornography. Law enforcement seized Espinosa’s cellular devices and located over 300 images of child pornography. Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Abe McGlothlin prosecuted the case.