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Topeka Man Sentenced to Seven Years For Unlawful Possession of a Firearm



Oct. 14, 2011

TOPEKA, KAN. – Steven Allen Contee, 33, Topeka, Kan., has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for a firearms violation, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Contee pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. In his plea, he admitted that on Feb. 5, 2011, he and co-defendant Patrick M. Tracy, Jr., sold three shotguns to agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who were working undercover. Contee and Tracy met the agents in the parking lot at the Ramada Inn in Topeka, where Tracy delivered the guns, received the money from the agents and gave the money to Contee. Both Contee and Tracy were prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms because of prior felony convictions.

Tracy is set for sentencing Oct. 28. Grissom commended the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot for their work on the case.



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