DALLAS — Thomas Glen Smith, 50, of
Hamilton, Texas, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle
to 40 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in August 2017 to one
count of possession or sale of stolen firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Erin
Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.
Philip Gary Slaughter, 42, was charged in a
separate but related case and also pleaded guilty to his role. Slaughter was
sentenced to 15 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater.
According to plea documents filed in the case, Smith and Slaughter worked at
the Ellis County Sherriff’s Office (ECSO) in the ECSO Evidence Room.
Their responsibilities included reorganizing the ECSO Evidence Room, where they
had access to numerous firearms seized by the ECSO. On November 18, 2015
Slaughter obtained a court order to destroy hundreds of the firearms in the
ECSO Evidence Room. Some of these firearms, however, were not destroyed
and, instead, Smith and Slaughter sold approximately forty firearms taken from
the ECSO Evidence Room.
At various times in November and December, 2015, Smith and Slaughter pawned
several firearms at various pawn stores in the Ellis County area. The
defendants would also use their Facebook accounts to sell firearms to
individuals. These firearms were either supposed to be in the possession
of the ECSO Evidence Room or were listed in the destruction order.
case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and
Explosives and the Texas Department of Public Safety—Texas Ranger Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kate Rumsey,
Joseph Magliolo, and Errin Martin prosecuted.