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Midlothian man gets 2-year prison sentence

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The Ellis County Press

DALLAS – Leslie Davis, a staunch opponent of Midlothian area annexation and a defender of Constitutional causes, was sentenced to two years in prison last week for federal weapons charges, according to friends and family members who were at the court hearing.

Davis, who lived outside of Midlothian’s city limits late last year when Ellis County Sheriff’s Office deputies were put on standby to allow the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to act on a tip he possessed an inert missile launcher and other alleged weapons.

He could have received 10 years in prison, according to friends and family.

The event was described by relatives as a "raid," with supporters deriding the action as an example of federal government meddling in local affairs.

The raid was confirmed by Sheriff-elect Johnny Brown, who said the ECSO was notified beforehand of the situation, which reportedly involved dozens of deputies, Midlothian police and other law enforcement agents.

Authorities with the ATF would not return requests for comment, but ECSO officials who were at the scene said Davis, due to a reported felony on his record, shouldn’t have been allowed to possess guns.

Relatives told The Ellis County Press Davis’ former roommate "snitched" on him after they became entangled in an argument.

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