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Columbia Man Sentenced for Illegal Firearm

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

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Columbia, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.

Carlos Deonta Brown, Jr., 30, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to four years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.

On June 30, 2016, Brown pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The investigation began when a 911 caller reported at approximately 2:08 a.m. on Feb. 21, 2016, that she had seen Brown with a firearm after they had an argument at the Sidelines Sports Bar in Columbia. The caller showed officers photographs she had taken of Brown and the firearm. While an officer was meeting with her, Brown drove past her residence. He was stopped and arrested in possession of a loaded Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Brown has an extensive criminal history, which includes felony convictions for resisting arrest and domestic assault. Court documents describe Brown – who also has multiple misdemeanor convictions for domestic assault – as a violent and serial abuser of women.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Columbia, Mo., Police Department.

Updated April 4, 2017

Firearms Offenses