Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Wednesday, May 31, 2000


Ft. Worth man sentenced to 97 years in prison

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn and U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins today announced a 97 year prison sentence for James McFarland, Jr. age 39. The sentence was handed down by United States District Judge Terry R. Means. McFarland was convicted in March by a federal jury in Ft. Worth for robbery and using and carrying a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.

"The hard work of Texas Exile prosecutors is paying off. I commend the U.S. Attorney's office and the special prosecutor on this case for their work, said Attorney General Cornyn. "This prison sentence underscores what we've said many times: Gun crime means hard time."

The jury convicted McFarland of committing four robberies and using and carrying a firearm in each robbery. In each of these four robberies, McFarland pointed a gun at the store owner or store clerk and demanded money.

The four robberies for which McFarland was convicted are Hobbs Act robberies, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951, as the stores that he robbed conducted business in interstate commerce.

McFarland has five previous felony convictions, four robbery convictions and one drug conviction.

The Fort Worth Police Department and the FBI worked together on the investigation and prosecution of this case. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Reed O'Connor.

Since January of this year, Texas Exile has generated over 200 arrests, 126 indictments, 12 convictions and over 600 guns confiscated.

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