SAN ANGELO, Texas — Lorenzo Hale, 52,
of Coleman, Texas, appeared in federal court this afternoon and pleaded guilty
before U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Scott Frost to one count of convicted felon in
possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern
District of Texas.
Hale faces a maximum statutory penalty of ten
years in federal prison, and a $250,000 fine. Hale will remain in custody
pending a sentencing date to be set by the Honorable Sam R. Cummings, Senior
United States District Court Judge.
According to the plea agreement factual resume
filed in the case, on February 15, 2018, law
enforcement was dispatched to a residence in Coleman, Texas, to investigate a
complaint about a threat being made. The officer went to that location and met
with Hale. Hale stated that he had been threatened. Hale further stated that
“If one hair on both my daughters’ head are harmed tomorrow, there will be a
massacre. I want you to know I’m reporting it to you like that, there will be a
massacre at that school.” Later in the conversation, Hale alluded to a firearm
being in the residence.
The next day, a
Texas Ranger and the Chief of the Coleman Police Department made contact with
Hale’s girlfriend. They told her of Hale’s threat and asked if she would
surrender any firearms to law enforcement. She agreed to surrender the firearm
located at the residence.
investigation revealed that before Hale possessed the firearm, he had been
convicted in a court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term in excess
of one year. Specifically, on December 16, 2005, Hale was convicted of being a
Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, in the United States District Court
for the Northern District of Texas, San Angelo Division, and sentenced to 51
case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Coleman Police Department and the Texas
Rangers, Texas Department of Public Safety.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Haag is in charge of the prosecution.