Two North Texas men have pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 22-year-old Colten David Barrow of Quinlan, and 42-year-old Craig Marcus Cooper of Farmersville, Texas, each pleaded guilty Wednesday. Barrow pleaded guilty to attempting to sell a machinegun and Cooper pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a machinegun.
According to information presented in court, in January 2012, Barrow and Cooper traveled together to Duke’s Truck Stop on Highway 64 in Van Zandt County to meet an individual interested in buying the machinegun. The defendants intended to sell the firearm to the individual for $10,000. However, the buyer was actually an undercover federal agent. The defendants were arrested at the scene and the 9 mm, fully automatic machine gun with an attached silencer was seized.
Further investigation revealed Cooper was a felon having been previously convicted of felony criminal mischief in Collin County, Texas in 2011. Federal law prohibits convicted felons from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Mar. 27, 2013, charging the defendants with firearms violations.
Barrow and Cooper each face up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set. A third defendant is awaiting trial.