A deceased woman was located in the trunk
of the defendants vehicle
DALLAS — A
federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment earlier this month charging
Freddie Thomas Gilbert, 33, of Dallas, Texas, with offenses related to the
October 29, 2017 shooting of a vehicle in Kaufman County, announced U.S.
Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.
The indictment charges Gilbert with one count of
possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of possession with intent to
distribute a controlled substance. Gilbert will remain in custody pending
further court hearings.
According to the complaint affidavit filed in the case and unsealed today, on
October 29, 2017 law enforcement officials in Kaufman County received a call
that the driver of a black Hyundai Elantra had fired a round of ammunition at
their vehicle in the area of United States Highway 80 and County Road 212 in
Kaufman County. Law enforcement officials were able to locate the vehicle and
initiated a traffic stop. A vehicle pursuit ensued, reaching speeds up to one
hundred and ten miles per hour when the vehicle refused to stop. The vehicle
eventually became involved in a vehicle accident with another vehicle on the
roadway. Gilbert was identified as the driver of the black Hyundai Elantra.
Subsequent to Gilbert’s
arrest, he told law enforcement officials that the body of a girl was in the
trunk of the vehicle. Law enforcement officials found a female victim in the
trunk of the vehicle who had a visible gunshot wound to the head. Law
enforcement officials also found a Taurus .38 caliber revolver in the
side-pocket of the driver’s side door and a detectable amount of cocaine.
Prior to October 29, 2017,
Gilbert had been convicted in the state of Louisiana and served jail time for
felony drug offenses.
An indictment is an accusation by a grand jury and a
defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven
guilty. If convicted, however, Gilbert faces up to 10 years in federal
prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and a maximum
penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1,000,000 fine for the
possession of a controlled substance count.
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives, Texas Department of Public Safety, Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office
and the Forney Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant
U.S. Attorney P.J. Meitl is in charge of the prosecution.