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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 who was involved in a shooting at a local gas station was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.

Turbo Lindsey Midgyett, 31, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to five years in federal prison without parole.

Midgyett pleaded guilty on April 3, 2017, to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Columbia police officers responded to a gas station in the 1400 block of Rangeline in the early morning hours of March 6, 2016, where shots had reportedly been fired. Officers responded to a chaotic scene, with a large crowd (approximately 100 people) of uncooperative witnesses, and reviewed surveillance video to determine what had happened. Officers located two cars with damage from gunfire and found three 9mm casings. Video from the gas station showed a man pulling out a firearm, which appeared to misfire. The video showed Midgyett, the second shooter, racking a handgun and firing several times in the direction of the first shooter.

Officers went to Midgyett’s residence and spoke with his girlfriend, who told officers that Midgyett is allowed to use her gun and vehicle, and that the gun was usually in the glove box. Officers looked in the glove box and found a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun, which had three rounds missing. The brand of ammunition in the firearm was the same as the three rounds found at the shooting scene. Midgyett was arrested.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Midgyett has three prior felony convictions for robbery.

According to court documents, Midgyett and an accomplice robbed a Casey’s convenience store in Columbia on July 25, 2003, holding a store employee in a vehicle while another employee was taken inside to access money from the store safe. A few days later, Midgyett robbed a different Casey’s, ordering employees back into the store so that he could steal money. The night after that, Midgyett robbed yet another convenience store in Columbia.

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

Updated August 24, 2017

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