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story.lead_photo.caption Kendall Ray Gray

A man who served time in federal prison for counterfeiting was found guilty by a jury Wednesday of possessing a firearm while a convicted felon.

Kendall Ray Gray, 31, pleaded guilty to counterfeiting in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas in 2012. He received a 30-month federal prison sentence to be followed by a year of supervised release. In April 2015, Gray was arrested again for possessing counterfeit cash and was sentenced on a state charge in Bowie County to serve four years in a Texas prison.

The same month he received his state prison term for counterfeiting, Gray was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for violating the terms of the supervised release he was serving for the counterfeiting charge he pleaded guilty to in 2012. That term was ordered to run consecutively to his four-year state sentence.

Gray was arrested by Texarkana, Texas, police Nov. 9, 2018.

Police spotted Gray driving near an area known for drug activity. Gray apparently noticed the police as well and made a series of turns, stopped briefly in a restaurant parking lot and then made an illegal turn in an attempt to evade. Gray locked his car, jumped out and ran after pulling over in a residential neighborhood.

Gray was quickly taken into custody by police. Inside his car, officers discovered a 9 mm pistol with a chambered round beneath the driver's seat as well as marijuana, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Texas.

Gray's case will be scheduled for sentencing in a few months before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III. Gray faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

The case was investigated by the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alan Jackson and Colleen Bloss. Gray was represented at trial by Longview, Texas, lawyer Jason Cassel.

llarowe@texarkanagazette.com

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