Shelby Co. murderer pleads guilty to federal firearm charge

John Hughes (Source: Angelina County Jail)
John Hughes (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Shelby County man who has been convicted of multiple serious crimes in the past, including murder, bank robbery, and escaping from prison, pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge on Oct. 3.

John Madison Hughes, 68, appeared in the Lufkin Division of the U.S. District Court. He pleaded guilty to a federal charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and he will be convicted at a later date.

According to documentation from the U.S. District Court, Hughes pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen Remington Model 700.270-caliber rifle.

Hughes, 67, was convicted of bank robbery in 1969, escape from a federal correctional institution in 1973, voluntary manslaughter in Nacogdoches County in 1987, and murder in Shelby County in 1991. He is still being held in the Angelina County Jail.

He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Appeals court records detail Hughes' voluntary manslaughter conviction in 1987. According to the records, Hughes shot and killed Rodney Johnson on FM 138 on Jan. 28, 1982, following an altercation over a woman.

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