Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Friday, April 7, 2000

CORNYN ANNOUNCES TEXAS EXILE INDICTMENTS

Five indictments result from Dallas area Texas Exile cases

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced five indictments that have been returned from a federal grand jury in Texas Exile cases. The indictments fall under the jurisdiction of U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins in the Northern District of Texas.

"These indictments show that Texas Exile is working and will continue to work because of the hard work that starts with the police officer on the beat making arrests to those reviewing and prosecuting cases," said Attorney General Cornyn. "I commend U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins and his staff for their work on these cases. Each arrest and indictment continues to send the message: in Texas gun crime means hard time."

In the first indictment entered on February 2, 2000, the grand jury charged 31-year-old Paul Allen Marschinke of Kaufman, Texas with one count of possession of a firearm by a person with a prior felony conviction, and a second count of providing false information in connection with the attempted acquisition of a firearm. Marschinke was arraigned on March 14, 2000 and pled "not guilty" to both counts in the indictment. If convicted on all charges, Marschinke faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

In the second indictment entered on March 21, 2000, the grand jury charged 50-year-old Johnnie Mae Dixon of Dallas with one count of possession of a firearm by a person with a prior felony conviction. The indictment alleges that on or about January 17, 2000, after having been convicted of a felony crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, Dixon knowingly and unlawfully possessed a Davis Industrial Arms .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol. If convicted, Dixon faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

In the third indictment entered on March 21, 2000, the grand jury charged 42-year-old Kenneth Dale Adams of Archer City, Texas with one county of possession of a firearm by a person with a prior felony conviction. The indictment alleges that on or about February 2, 2000, after having been convicted of a felony crime, Adams knowingly and unlawfully possessed a .22 caliber revolver. If convicted, Adams faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

In the fourth indictment entered on April 4, 2000, the grand jury charged 22-year-old Phillip Gail Slade of Dallas with one count of possession of a firearm by a person with a prior felony conviction. If convicted, Slade faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

In the final indictment entered on April 4, 2000, the grand jury charged 26-year-old Patrick Levelle Gainus of Dallas with one count of possession of a firearm by a person with a prior felony conviction. If convicted, Gainus faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

Special Assistant United States Attorney Mike Gill is prosecuting these cases.

Texas Exile was implemented last December and is made possible through a grant from Governor George W. Bush's office. The $1.6 million grant from Governor Bush's Criminal Justice Division, allows for prosecutors to be hired and for an aggressive public awareness campaign that is already up and running through radio and television ads and billboards.

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