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Desloge Man Sentenced to Serve 110 Months in Federal Prison for Unlawfully Possessing Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

CAPE GIRARDEAU - The United States Attorney's Office announced that JAMES E. MAHURIN, II, age 49, of Desloge, Missouri, was sentenced to serve 110 months in federal prison for the offense of Felon in Possession of Firearms. Mahurin appeared for his sentencing hearing today before United States District Judge Stephen R. Clark at the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

According to court documents, on August 27, 2021, during the course of a burglary investigation, deputies with the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Department responded to a hunting cabin in Whitewater, Missouri, and made contact with the owner. The owner reported that three firearms were stolen from inside. A second burglary was reported on August 30, 2021, of a hunting cabin in Advance, Missouri, where several items were stolen from inside. Sheriff deputies were able to lift fingerprints from this second burglary that were a match to Missouri State Offender James E. Mahurin.

On September 3, 2021, officers made contact with James Mahurin at a yard sale where he was attempting to sell some of the items stolen from the second burglary. Mahurin admitted to sheriff deputies that he broke into the two cabins and stole the items, to include the three firearms. Mahurin stated that he knew where the firearms were presently located, and he assisted with the recovery of all three firearms.

Mahurin has a previous felony conviction for Burglary in Perry County, Missouri, and is therefore prohibited from possessing firearms.

This case was investigated by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Julie Hunter handled the prosecution for the government.

Updated October 4, 2022

Firearms Offenses