Authorities have arrested and charged a man for his connection with a recent hostage situation that took place in North Texas. A state warrant was issued for the arrest of an individual who allegedly sold a weapon to a man who eventually used that weapon during an 11-hour standoff at Colleyville’s Congregation Beth Israel synagogue. A convicted felon, the defendant is not allowed to possess a weapon.
Felony weapon offenses
The defendant is officially charged with felon in possession of a firearm. His previous convictions include possession of a controlled substance and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He confirmed that he met with a man who had a British accident, and later confirmed that he sold a weapon to the individual responsible for the hostage situation.
According to the defendant, the man to whom he sold the weapon told him that he wanted the gun to use as an intimidation tactic. This same weapon was eventually recovered by law enforcement at the scene of the hostage standoff. In addition to the illegal sale of a weapon, the defendant is facing serious ramifications for possession of a weapon since he is a convicted felon.
The optimal defense strategy
There is no one-size-fits-all defense strategy when facing weapons crime charges. With previous convictions on his record, this defendant will find it beneficial to work closely with an experienced Texas federal criminal defense attorney who can help him fight for a beneficial outcome to his case. An assessment of the individual situation will reveal what legal options may be available.