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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Jefferson City, Columbia Men Plead Guilty to Illegal Firearms

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City, Mo., man and a Columbia, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today, in separate and unrelated cases, to illegally possessing firearms.

 

USA v. Tyler

 

Carlton Terron Tyler, 33, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge William A. Knox to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

By pleading guilty today, Tyler admitted that he was in possession of a loaded Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol on March 21, 2015. According to today’s plea agreement, Tyler was at a residence in Jefferson City on that date when he became involved in an argument and left the residence. He returned a short time later with a firearm and fired two shots, then left the residence in a pickup truck. A Jefferson City police officer, responding to the shots-fired call, saw Tyler drive past him and stopped him. The officer searched the pickup truck and found the firearm in the middle console.

 

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Tyler has prior felony convictions for unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance and stealing.

 

Under federal statutes, Tyler is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jefferson City, Mo., Police Department.

 

USA v. Gordon

 

R’Landis Glenn Gordon, 26, of Columbia, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge William A. Knox to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

By pleading guilty today, Gordon admitted that he was in possession of a loaded Colt .22-caliber long rifle “officer’s model” revolver and ammunition on July 28, 2015. Columbia police officers stopped the vehicle Gordon was driving on that date due to an expired registration. Gordon was arrested for driving with a revoked driver’s license, and officers found a box of .22-caliber long rifle ammunition on him during a search. Officers then searched his vehicle and found the revolver, which was fully loaded and cocked.

 

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Gordon has prior felony convictions for theft, resisting arrest, robbery and armed criminal action.

 

Under federal statutes, Gordon is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony P. Gonzalez. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Columbia, Mo., Police Department.

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Updated April 20, 2016