TYLER – A 42-year-old Farmersville man has been sentenced to federal prison during a Tyler proceeding. Craig Marcus Cooper pleaded guilty on Sep. 11, 2013, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Friday by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider. According to information presented in court, on Jan. 13, 2012, Cooper and a co-defendant, Colten David Barrow, traveled together to the Dukes Truck Stop on Highway 64 in Van Zandt County to meet an individual interested in purchasing a fully-automatic machine gun and silencer for $10,000. The prospective buyer was an undercover federal agent and Cooper and Barrow were arrested at the scene.
Further investigation revealed Cooper was a convicted felon previously been found guilty of criminal mischief in Collin County in 2011. The investigation also revealed the machine gun had been reported stolen about 10 years ago. Cooper was indicted on Mar. 27, 2013.