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Friday, November 3, 2000

CORNYN ANNOUNCES TYLER TEXAS EXILE SENTENCE

Tyler man gets five years in prison

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn and Michael Bradford, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, today announced that 37- year old Kirk Jurenka of Tyler, was sentenced to five years in prison under the Texas Exile program. Jurenka was also fined $10,000. The sentence was handed down today in federal district court in Tyler.

"Texas Exile is working and this sentence today proves it. I commend the prosecutor, Matt Bingham and U.S. Attorney Bradford for their work on this case,"said Attorney General Cornyn. "Each arrest, indictment, conviction and sentence continues to send the message that gun crime means hard time."

Jurenka was arrested as police executed a search warrant at his house in May. Jurenka was manufacturing methamphetamine in his home. During the search, police seized three guns; a loaded 9mm caliber handgun and two .22 caliber revolvers. Drugs and audio and video tapes of Jurenka and others smoking the methamphetamine, were also seized.

Jurenka plead guilty in October to one count possession with intent to distribute and manufacture methamphetamine and one count possession of a firearm by a drug user.

To date, Texas Exile has resulted in 392 indictments, 173 convictions and over 850 guns have been confiscated statewide.

To learn more about Texas Exile and how to get involved in public awareness efforts around the state, visit www.texasexile.com or visit the Attorney General's website at www.oag.state.tx.us.

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