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Motorcycle Gang Member Convicted of Illegally Possessing Ammunition

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 36-year-old Corpus Christi resident who was involved in a shooting at a local convenience store has admitted to unlawful ammunition possession, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Billy Boortz is a member of the Homietos outlaw motorcycle gang.

On May 11, 2019, Boortz was engaged in a physical altercation with another man. He then returned to a vehicle, retrieved a weapon and fired several rounds at the victim, hitting him in the foot.  

Agents were able to identify Boortz using video footage. He had been taken into custody at a local hospital on May 26, 2019, where he was treated for a gunshot wound he received after another shooting.

Boortz was previously convicted of multiple felony offenses, including assault on a public servant, evading arrest with a vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. He is, therefore, prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition per federal law.

Sentencing has been set for Oct. 22, 2019, before U.S. District Judge David S. Morales. At that time, Boortz faces up to 10 years in prison.

He has been and will remain in custody pending that hearing.  

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Corpus Christi Police Department Gang Unit conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Paxton is prosecuting the case.

Updated July 24, 2019

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