Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Wednesday, January 3, 2001

CORNYN ANNOUNCES HOUSTON TEXAS EXILE SENTENCE

Convicted felon gets eight years in federal prison

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn and Mervyn Mosbacker, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas today announced that Ramcy Hamp was sentenced to eight years in federal prison under the Texas Exile program. Hamp is a convicted felon, making it illegal for him to possess a firearm. The sentence was handed down today in federal district court in Houston.

"Gun crime means hard time and this sentence proves that," said Attorney General Cornyn. "I commend the U.S. Attorney and the prosecutor, Ashley Chapman, for their work on this case. Each arrest, indictment, conviction and sentence shows that Texas Exile is working to keep criminals with guns off our streets and in jail where they belong."

In August of last year, Houston Police were patrolling a high crime area in Houston when they noticed Hamp standing outside a residence at 3501 Mainer. Police recognized Hamp from a prior narcotics investigation. When Hamp saw the officers, he ran. As officers chased Hamp, they noticed him throw something between two cars. After Hamp was caught, officers walked back to where he had thrown an object and found a Stallard Arms 9mm handgun. Hamp also had a lump of crack cocaine in his mouth. Hamp admitted that the gun was his and that he had purchased it to help him with his drug dealing business.

According to the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, federal gun violation prosecutions in Texas increased nearly 60 percent over last year. The Office also reports that Texas leads the nation in prosecution of cases under federal gun laws.

To date, Texas Exile has resulted in 420 indictments, 212 convictions and over 850 guns have been confiscated.

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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