Federal Grand Jury indicts Houston Bros. on firearms charges

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The two brothers once charged, but not convicted, with the murder of a Roane Co. deputy and his friend were officially charged by a Federal Grand Jury.

Rocky and Leon Houston were arrested Friday night. On Tuesday, the Grand Jury returned a 14 count indictment against Rocky Houston, 52, charging him with being a Felon in Possession of Firearms. A lone charge of Possessing Firearms while being an Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance was returned against 54 year-old Rocky Houston.

If convicted, both men face sentences of up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

Leon Houston will be back in court for a preliminary hearing Friday January 18th. Rocky Houston's preliminary court hearing date has not been set and he will stay in custody until that date is set.

According to U.S. Attorney Bill Killian, the arrests came after a joint effort of the ATF and the Roane, Knox, and Loudon County Sheriff's Offices.

“Our commitment of cooperation and support from our federal law enforcement agencies to our state and local colleagues is strong. It will remain so," said U.S. Attorney Killian.

Last August, the brothers put up a yard display of crime scene pictures Deputy Bill Jones and Mike Brown, who was a friend of Jones.

Jones and Brown were killed in a shootout after trying to serve a warrant to Rocky Houston in May of 2006.

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