WICHITA, KAN. - A federal judge in Wichita cited a defendant’s long criminal record in sentencing him Monday to 10 years in prison on a firearm violation, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Thomas Lee Wohlford, 32, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following felony convictions.
U.S. District Court Judge Monti L. Belot said in court records that Wohlford “has been involved in the criminal justice system on a more or less continuous basis since age 15,” and “has no respect for the law.”
Grissom commended the Wichita Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster for their work on the case.
In his plea, Wohlford admitted he was arrested Feb. 11, 2014, at a Quick Trip at 1610 E. Lincoln. Police were called to the scene by a man whose car had been stolen. The man told police he had spotted Wohlford putting gas in the stolen vehicle. Police arrested Wohlford and seized a .22 caliber handgun from the car.