ARLINGTON, TEXAS – An Arlington gang member has been convicted at trial of felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.
Following around two hours of deliberation, a Fort Worth federal jury returned a guilty verdict against 25-year-old Jeremy Devonte White, aka “Worm,” Thursday afternoon.
According to evidence presented at trial, on November 26, 2019, Mr. White, a known member of the Trill Fam street gang, was riding in the passenger side of a fellow gang member’s vehicle when Arlington police attempted a traffic stop. When the vehicle reached a residential neighborhood, Mr. White jumped out and fled with a backpack, which he then ditched in a resident’s yard.
Inside the backpack were two loaded handguns, including one with a 33-round, high capacity magazine. Mr. White was subsequently identified and apprehended.
Mr. White, who was convicted in 2015 of three incidents of felony evading arrest, now faces up to ten years in federal prison on the firearms charge. Sentencing has been set for April 16.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Arlington Police Department’s Gang and Gun Crimes Units conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew Weybrecht and Andrew Briggs tried the case. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor presided over the trial, which incorporated extensive safety protocols, including social distancing of the attorneys, witnesses, and jurors, as well as face masks and face shields.