CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 37-year-old Corpus Christi
resident who was involved in a shooting at a local convenience store has been
sentenced following his conviction of unlawful ammunition possession, announced
U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Billy Boortz, a member of the Homietos outlaw
motorcycle gang and former member of the Mexican Mafia gang, pleaded guilty
Today, U.S. District Judge David S.
Morales handed him a 110-month sentence to be immediately followed by
three years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court heard additional
evidence that Boortz intentionally tried to murder the victim in this
case. In handing down the sentence, the court noted Boortz fired his
pistol directly at the victim, not in the air or at the ground, and that the
offense would have constituted attempted second degree murder.
On May 11, Boortz was engaged in a physical altercation
with another man. He then returned to a vehicle,
retrieved a weapon and fired several rounds at the victim, hitting the victim’s
vehicle and striking the victim in the foot.
Agents were able to identify Boortz using
video footage. He had been taken into custody at a local hospital on May 26,
where he was treated for a gunshot wound he received after
Boortz was previously convicted of multiple
felony offenses, including aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a public
servant, evading arrest with a vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm by
a felon. He is, therefore, prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition
per federal law.
He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of
Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
and the Corpus Christi Police Department Gang Unit conducted the investigation.
case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods,
a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels
of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Paxton prosecuted the case.