Eastern District of Texas

News release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:

A 38-year-old federal inmate has been indicted for escaping from a Federal Correctional Complex in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales May 4.

James Ortega, of McKinney, Texas, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 6, 2016, and charged with escaping from federal custody. Ortega made an initial appearance and was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zachary J. Hawthorn on May 3, 2016.

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News release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:

Three individuals, including two federal inmates, have been indicted in connection with an escape from a Federal Correctional Complex in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales May 5.

Todd Allen Hammer, 40, and Jason Wesley Tate, 44, both federal inmates housed in Beaumont, Texas, and Lorna Leslie, 55, of Sherman, Texas, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 4, 2016, and charged with escaping from federal custody and conspiracy to escape from federal custody.

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News release from U.S. Attorney's Office:

An Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Feb. 18.

Parker Ryan Little, 19, of Wagoner, OK, pleaded guilty in federal court today to charges of making a false bomb threat in an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin. 

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A 31-year-old Houston woman has been sentenced for bringing prohibited drugs into a federal prison in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales in a news release on July 30.

Janet Tapia pleaded guilty on Apr. 28, 2015, to attempting to provide heroin to a federal inmate and was sentenced to 49 months in federal prison on July 29, 2015 by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

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From the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas:

Eighteen individuals have been arrested on federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced in a news release on April 13.

According to the news release, on April 7 through April 8, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement arrested 18 illegal aliens working under false identities at various refineries, industrial plants and shipyards in Jefferson, Galveston and Liberty counties.

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From the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas:

A 34-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales on April 9.

Damien Oasis Winn pleaded guilty on Dec. 4, 2014, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 86 months in federal prison on April 9 by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

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From the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas:

A 44-year-old Orange, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales on April 9.

Joseph Lloyd White pleaded guilty to attempted sexual enticement of a child on Dec. 4, 2014, and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark on April 9.

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Michael Broughton of Port Arthur and Gerardo Chavez of Nederland

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced April 2 the indictment of 24 individuals who operated a major drug distribution ring and were responsible for trafficking methamphetamine to customers across the United States, including in the Eastern District of Texas. 

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News release from U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas:

A 61-year-old Newton, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales on March 17.

John Dale Clark pleaded guilty on Oct. 28, 2014, to the sexual exploitation of a child and was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

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A 32-year-old Orange, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Feb. 24.

Jason Ryan Bickham pleaded guilty on Sep. 17, 2014 to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison Feb. 24 by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

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