Missouri man faces nine years in prison for federal weapons charges

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Missouri man who has admitted responsibility for the deadly shooting of another individual was recently sentenced on federal charges for the violation of federal weapons laws.

According to federal criminal law, it is illegal for a convicted felon to possess any type of firearm or ammunition. This Missouri man has previous convictions for possession and sale of a controlled substance, as well as stealing.

The man was arrested and charged after police responded to a report of gunshots at his sister’s home. According to authorities, when they arrived at the house, the man jumped out of a window and fled the scene. They pursued him and saw him throw a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun into a nearby parking lot.

The maximum penalty for violation of this federal law is 10 years in prison. However, a United States district judge sentenced the man to nine years in prison without the opportunity for parole. His sentence was decreased by one year because of the time he has spent in state custody for the alleged killing of another man. Those charges are still pending.

This man’s sentence proves that accusations of this nature can have very serious consequences. In addition, a person’s criminal history can play a large role in the court’s decision on sentencing and charges.

Whether it is a first-time offense or the person has a criminal record, someone who is facing federal criminal charges would be wise to rely on the expertise of an experienced criminal defense attorney. A strong criminal defense attorney will fight the charges and may even be able to negotiate a reduced sentence.

Source: Kansas City infoZine, “Kansas City Man Sentenced for Illegal Firearm Following Fatal Shooting,” April 26, 2012