Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 10, 2013

Felon pleads guilty

Sentencing on firearms charge is pending

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Athens Daily Review

Athens — TYLER — A 50-year-old Athens man pleaded guilty Tuesday to being a felon in possession of a firearm during a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judith K. Guthrie.

Frankie Darrell Durant faces no more than 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a term of not more than 3 years of supervised release. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

On September 12, 2012, Durant was indicted by a federal grand jury on a one-count indictment. 

According to information presented in court, on or about July 26, 2011, Durant possessed three firearms in Smith County. The firearms were located in a storage room that was rented by Durant.  Durant also admitted he previously had been convicted of possession of a controlled substance, a felony offense, in 2007.

The case is being investigated by the Department of Public Safety and it is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.