AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn and U.S. Attorney Mervyn M. Mosbacker today announced the convictions of two Houston men as part of the Texas Exile program. The men were convicted as felons in possession of firearms.
"The hard work of the Texas Exile prosecutors is paying off. I commend the U.S. Attorney's office and the special prosecutor on this case for their work, said Attorney General Cornyn. "These convictions underscore what we've said many times: Gun crime means hard time."
Guillermo Motta, 39, of Houston, was convicted by U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt of the offense of felon in possession of a firearm. Motta will be sentenced on Sept. 5, 2000. On March 26, 2000 officers from the Houston Police Department were dispatched to 4001 Watonga, Mota's residence, in reference to a call of shots fired. When officers arrived, Motta began walking away from police and dropped a Davis .380 caliber handgun.
Jesus "Jesse" Gonzalez, 20, of Houston, was convicted by U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas in a court trial of the felony offense of possession of an unregistered firearm. Gonzalez will be sentenced by Judge Atlas on Sept. 1, 2000. On March 2, 2000, Houston police responded to a call of shots fired at 600 Little York. When they arrived, witnesses identified Gonzalez as the shooter. When officer stopped Gonzalez in his car, he was reported to be drunk and combative. Police found a sawed-off shotgun with a 13-inch barrel in the trunk of Gonzalez' car.
These cases were investigated by the Houston Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. The Texas Exile special prosecutor on these cases is Jay Hileman.
Since January of this year, Texas Exile has resulted in over 200 arrests, 126 indictments, 12 convictions and over 600 guns have been confiscated.
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