Cedarcreek Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Illegal Firearm
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Cedarcreek, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.
Sean L. Myers, 49, of Cedarcreek, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Myers was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions. The court ordered today’s sentence to be served consecutively to his 1991 Camden County convictions for first degree assault and armed criminal action (a sentence of 50 years) and his 2010 Taney County conviction for distributing and manufacturing a controlled substance (a sentence of 15 years).
On Nov. 15, 2016, Myers pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
After law enforcement was contacted by a person who reported that Myers had attempted to shoot someone, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Myers on Feb. 1, 2016. During the traffic stop, Myers acted as if he were hiding an item. Troopers observed a loaded Ruger .22-caliber rifle on the front passenger seat of the vehicle. Troopers also located an aluminum can wedged between the passenger seat and the center console. The can contained a dried substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Investigators later determined that the rifle was registered to Myers’s mother. When law enforcement contacted Myers’s mother, she indicated that the rifle found in Myers’s possession belonged to her and he did not obtain her permission before taking the firearm.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Myers has seven prior felony convictions for stealing, as well as prior felony convictions for assault, armed criminal action, attempted manufacture of a controlled substance and burglary.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Carney. It was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.