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Suspect in ATF raid set for July 21 hearing

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The Ellis County Press

MIDLOTHIAN – Leslie Davis, sitting in a prison in southeast Dallas for more than year, will have a hearing before federal Judge Joe Fish on July 21, according to friends and relatives of the self-proclaimed Constitutional activist convicted on weapons charges after a raid at his home in 2007.

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with help from Sheriff Johnny Brown and his team of investigators, acted on a tip Davis, who served time for possessing explosives in the 1970s, had an inert or inactive missile launcher at his home outside of Midlothian’s city limits.

Davis, a felon, was also prohibited from owning any firearms, and the ATF confiscated a 22-caliber pistol from his home as well.

A self-described anti-annexation and Constitutional rights activist, Davis still communicates with friends and family in Ellis County.

His hearing before Judge Fish, who serves the Northern District of Texas in the federal circuit, will potentially allow him to be freed, according to relatives.

Davis’ federal sentencing guidelines for the charges, according to Davis in phone conversations, called for six months of confinement in a federal prison in Seagoville, but he’s maintained that authorities have him locked up


Sheriff Brown, elected last fall to his first term, told The Ellis County Press during his campaign his men acted on a tip from sources close to Davis, and that it was normal for Ellis County Sheriff’s Office deputies to request outside help from federal agents in the raid.

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