Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Thursday, June 13, 2002

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES TEXAS EXILE INDICTMENTS

Federal grand jury in Tyler returns two indictments

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn and U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Orwig today announced two indictments by a federal grand jury in Tyler. The indictments are a result of Texas Exile, a crime control initiative designed to go after criminals who illegally use and carry weapons. Special Prosecutor Jim Noble in the Eastern District's Tyler Division is handling the cases.

"Through the Texas Exile program, we are sending the message that gun crime means hard time in Texas," said Attorney General Cornyn. "These indictments demonstrate that the Texas Exile program is making a difference in Texas communities."

The first indictment charges 41-year-old Adam Bryan Jones of Henderson with two counts of felon in possession of a firearm, one count of felon in possession of ammunition, two counts of possession of a stolen firearm, one count of false statement to acquire a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm by a drug user.

Jones has seven prior felony convictions from Harris, Hunt, Shackelford, and Dallas counties, including three for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. On March 26, 2002, Longview Police officers arrested Jones after a brief car chase. The officers found a revolver, ammunition and pawn tickets in his vehicle. The pawn tickets revealed that Jones had recently pawned three additional handguns at a pawn shop in Longview. If convicted, Jones faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The second indictment charges 25-year-old Jason Scott Coleman of Hallsville with one count of felon in possession of a firearm and one count of felon in possession of ammunition. Coleman has a 1996 felony conviction from Gregg County for retaliation. On Feb. 28, 2002, Harrison County deputies stopped Coleman for speeding and failure to maintain a single lane of traffic. Coleman consented to a search of his vehicle and the deputies discovered a .22-caliber derringer in the console. If convicted, Coleman faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

As of April 30, 2002, Texas Exile has led to 1,475 indictments, 1,025 convictions and 1,993 guns confiscated. There are 11 prosecutors statewide. The program is funded by a renewable $1.6 million grant from the Governor's Criminal Justice Division. The U.S. Justice Department has also granted $500,000 to Texas Exile as part of the President's Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

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