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Rocky Houston found guilty on federal gun charge

It took a federal jury less that two hours to find Rocky Houston guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He will be sentenced June 26.

When court resumed Wednesday morning, closing arguments were presented, and the jury got the case at 10:45 and returned with their verdict at 12:35.

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A federal jury will likely begin deliberating on Wednesday in the trial of Rocky Houston.

The prosecution rested Tuesday morning. The defense rested without calling any witnesses Tuesday afternoon. Rocky Houston asked the judge for an acquittal, which was denied.

Court will resume Wednesday morning.

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A federal trial is underway for a Roane County man with a long history of run-ins with the law.

Rocky Houston is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A federal trial on that charge in January ended in a mistrial after a potential juror that Houston had asked his attorney to dismiss was unintentionally seated on the jury.

U.S. Marshals arrested Houston and his brother Leon in January 2013.

In November, a jury acquitted Leon of using illegal drugs while possessing guns. A jury later found him guilty of threatening his former attorney. He was sentenced to five years behind bars.

A judge sentenced him to five years in prison. Both brothers were tried but never convicted in a deadly shootout that killed Roane County Deputy Bill Jones and ride along Mike Brown back in 2006.


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