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Central Texas judge pleads guilty to gun violation

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Posted at 10:12 PM, May 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-01 08:48:34-04

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas judge has pleaded guilty to federal weapons and other charges for selling firearms to a felon.

A U.S. Attorney's Office statement says Williamson County Court-at-Law Judge Tim Wright also pleaded guilty in Austin on Thursday to making false statements to a federal agent.

Wright was accused of selling 60 firearms without a federal license. Dozens of those weapons were sold to two people who were smuggling them into Mexico.

Wright could be sentenced to up to five years in federal prison. No sentencing date has been set.

After entering his pleas Thursday, the 70-year-old judge said he would resign effective immediately and surrender his licenses to practice law, carry a concealed handgun and engage in the manufacturing of federal firearms.