Grand Saline man sentenced to 40 months in federal prison

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 4:30pm

A Grand Saline man has been sentenced to serve more than three years in federal prison.

According to U.S. Attorney John M. Bales, Andrew Mark Harris, 49, has been sentenced to prison time for possessing a firearm after having been previously convicted of three felony offenses.

Harris pleaded guilty on January 10, 2013, to having a .22 caliber pistol loaded with seven bullets after having been convicted of three felony crimes and was sentenced to 40 months incarceration by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis during a hearing Thursday.

According to information presented in court, on April 26, 2012 a Grand Saline police officer stopped Harris for driving a car displaying an expired inspection sticker. The officer arrested Harris for the offense and then conducted a property inventory of the car’s contents. The inventory led to the discovery of the loaded pistol. In 2004 Harris was convicted in federal court for distributing methamphetamine. He also has Debit Card Abuse and Credit Card abuse convictions in Kaufman and Van Zandt Counties, respectively.

This case was investigated by the Grand Saline Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Tyler Office and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.


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