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Thursday, November 16, 2000

CORNYN ANNOUNCES FORT WORTH TEXAS EXILE SENTENCE

Fort Worth man facing more than 7 1/2 years behind bars

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn and Paul Coggins, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, today announced that Aaron Robinson was sentenced to 92 months in a federal prison under the Texas Exile program. The sentence was handed down today in federal court in Fort Worth.

"This sentence proves that Texas Exile is working and will continue to be effective in combating gun violence in our state," said Attorney General Cornyn. "I commend the U.S. Attorney and the prosecutor, Robb Catalano, for their work on this case. Each arrest, indictment, conviction and sentence continues to send the message that gun crime means hard time."

In March, Aaron Robinson, 35, was riding with another person when Fort Worth police pulled the car over for failing to signal, among other traffic violations. As police arrested the driver of the car, they noticed Robinson trying to hide a gun. Police then searched the car and found a fully loaded revolver, .38 caliber Smith and Wesson model 10-6.

Robinson has three previous state felony convictions for kidnapping, theft and aggravated assault. Robinson also had a previous state misdemeanor conviction for unauthorized possession of a weapon.

To date, Texas Exile has resulted in 414 indictments, 181 convictions and over 850 guns have been confiscated. In Dallas-Ft. Worth to date, Texas Exile has resulted in 64 indictments and 35 convictions.

To learn more about Texas Exile and how to get involved with the program visit www.texasexile.com or the Attorney General's website at www.oag.state.tx.us.

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