Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Friday, July 12, 2002

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES "TEXAS EXILE" PROSECUTIONS IN TYLER

Federal grand jurors return five indictments

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn and U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Orwig today announced five 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.

The first indictment charges 36-year-old Tracy Kenyon Sexton of Arlington with one count of felon in possession of a firearm, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, one count of possessing a firearm while the subject of a protective order, and one count of possessing a firearm after being convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence. Sexton has two prior felony convictions from Tarrant County for injury to a child and forgery. Sexton was arrested by Gainesville Police on May 13, 2002. If convicted, Jones faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The second indictment charges 37-year-old Robert Lee Collier of Mt. Pleasant with one count of felon in possession of a firearm and one count of felon in possession of ammunition. Collier has six prior felony convictions including felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a short barrel firearm, two burglaries of a habitation, and felony theft. Collier was arrested on March 26, 2002, in Titus County. If convicted, Collier faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

A third indictment charges 19-year-old Jason Nicholas Hatton of Tyler with one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, one count of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. If convicted, Hatton faces a minimum of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The fourth indictment charges 52-year-old Daniel Cummings, Jr., of Palestine with one count of felon in possession of a firearm, one count of felon in possession of ammunition, one count of possession of a firearm by a drug user, and one count of possession of a stolen firearm. Cummings was arrested last November after a domestic disturbance. If convicted, Cummings faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The fifth indictment charges 19-year-old Nyarearea Lewis of Tyler with one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense. Lewis was arrested in January after an alleged drug deal went bad. If convicted, Lewis faces a minimum of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Attorney General Cornyn created Texas Exile in 1999 with a grant from then-Gov. George Bush. The program currently includes 11 prosecutors statewide and has led to approximately 1,500 indictments, 1,025 convictions and almost 2,000 guns confiscated. 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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