News and Press Releases

jefferson city man sentenced for illegal firearm

January 13, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.

Tommie Willie Towns, 41, of Jefferson City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey to four years and three months in federal prison without parole.

On July 12, 2010, Towns pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Towns was arrested by law enforcement officers following the execution of a search warrant at his apartment on Nov. 18, 2009. Officers found a loaded Lorcin .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol lying on the arm of the couch and a plate with a line of heroin on the coffee table.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Towns has two prior felony convictions for tampering, two prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance, and prior felony convictions for unlawful use of a weapon, robbery, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Berry. It was investigated by the Jefferson City, Mo., Police Department, MUSTANG (the Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team And Narcotics Group), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.



Return to Top

Stay Connected: Visit us on Facebook or Twitter

Facebook Twitter
Justice 101
Victim Witness Assistance

Making sure that victims of federal crimes are treated with compassion, fairness and respect.

Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee

Training and seminars for federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Project Safe Childhood

Help us combat the proliferation of sexual exploitation crimes against children.

Project Ceasefire

Our commitment to reducing gun crime in America.

Red Ribbon Week October 23-31
Community Outreach

Giving Back to the Community through a variety of venues & initatives.

Weed and Seed

Read about our programs to "Weed" out crime and "Seed" positive resources