BY KENNETH DEAN
Once a supervisory agent in the Tyler FBI office, Jon Gordon Brody now awaits sentencing in a federal court on a weapons charge following his plea of guilt.
Documents obtained from the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas confirm information received by the Tyler Morning Telegraph that Brody, 44, pleaded guilty in May after Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents conducted a search warrant on his Lindale home.
Brody was assigned to the Tyler office where he resigned in 2008, according to FBI officials in Dallas. The FBI would not divulge the reason the agent who led the Tyler office suddenly resigned from his post, but would say he was with the agency from 1998 to 2008.
Records and law enforcement officials confirm Brody was arrested twice on driving while intoxicated charges in Lindale and in Rockwall County in late 2010, but those charges were combined and reduced to Class C misdemeanor reckless driving in the Smith County Court at Law 2 in February of this year.
In the documents detailing the federal weapons charges, including a U.S. Attorney’s Information, Brody admitted he possessed a homemade microguard silencer, which was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
Much of the case remains sealed in the federal court, but some federal officials who are knowledgeable about the case but could not comment on the record said an investigation into Brody was initiated after information of possible illegal activity by the former agent began to surface earlier this year.
One official said the investigation supported the issuance of a search warrant, and during a search on Brody’s home in April the silencer was found.
ATF officials said it is not illegal to own a silencer if you have the item registered.
According to court documents that have been unsealed, ATF agents seized 43 firearms including, rifles, shotguns, handguns, several thousand rounds of ammunition, 53 assorted caliber magazines, the silencer, FBI credentials, FBI business cards and FBI reports.
Federal officials could not say when Brody might be sentenced, but did state the former agent could face up to 10 years imprisonment. However, one official said due to Brody’s cooperation, he could receive as little as five years probation.
Tyler Morning Telegraph will continue to follow developments in this case.