AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn and U.S. Attorney Mervyn Mosbacker today announced four indictments returned from a federal grand jury in Houston, under the Texas Exile program. The cases were handled by Texas Exile special prosecutor Ashley Chapman.
"These indictments continue to send the message that gun crime means hard time in Texas," said Attorney General Cornyn. "Texas Exile is working and will continue to work, thanks to everyone's commitment, from the police officer on the street making arrests to the prosecutors reviewing cases."
"The four cases represent a small sampling of the cooperative effort between law enforcement, my office and the Texas Attorney General's office. We continue to identify and convict violent criminals through Texas Exile," said U.S. Attorney Mervyn Mosbacker.
The first indictment charges 21-year-old Sherman Mattox with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, namely a Stallard Arms model JS-9, 9mm semi-automatic pistol. If convicted, Mattox faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The second indictment charges 25-year-old Rashik Ali Taylor with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, namely a Taurus .38 caliber snubnose revolver. If convicted, Taylor faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The third indictment charges 40-year-old Willie Stovall with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, namely a Mossberg, Maverick model 12-gauge shotgun. If convicted, Stovall faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The final indictment charges 26-year-old Jeff Fiengo with one count possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and one count of carrying/using a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime. If convicted on the first count, Fiengo faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000. If convicted on the second count, Fiengo faces a mandatory 5 year sentence added on to any sentence received on the first count.
Statewide, since January of this year, Texas Exile has generated over 200 arrests, 126 indictments, 10 convictions and over 600 guns have been confiscated. Nine special prosecutors are working on Texas Exile cases statewide.
Attorney General Cornyn and Governor George W. Bush, along with four U.S. Attorneys in Texas, announced Texas Exile last September. The program is funded by a $1.6 million grant from the Governor Bush's Criminal Justice Division. Money from the grant funds special prosecutors and a public awareness campaign that features radio and TV ads and billboards.
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