Athens Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court


Federal Courthouse-ATYLER — A Henderson County man has pleaded guilty in Tyler federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Frankie Darrell Durant, 50, of Athens, pleaded guilty Tuesday during a hearing before United States Magistrate Judith K. Guthrie. Durant was indicted by a federal grand jury on a 1 count indictment on September 12th.

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

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