Jefferson City Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Firearms After Posting Photos on Facebook
Faces at Least 15 Years in Prison
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City, Mo., man who posted photos of stolen property, illegal drugs, guns and cash on his Facebook page pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing two firearms.
Tremaine Cordell Smith, also known as “Sak Boy Fatt Maine,” 27, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth to being a felon in possession of firearms.
Jefferson City police officers executed a search warrant at Smith’s residence on Jan. 7, 2016. The warrant was based upon a Columbia, Mo., Police Department investigation of stolen property. Smith had posted photos of several stolen items on his Facebook profile.
During the search, several stolen items were recovered, including two stolen handguns – a Ruger 9mm pistol and a Springfield 9mm pistol.
According to today’s plea agreement, Smith posted a picture on his Facebook profile on Oct. 5, 2014, that showed a pistol covered up with $100 bills. The handgun in the picture appeared to be a Springfield 9mm like the stolen firearm recovered from Smith’s residence. Smith also posted photos on his Facebook profile between Nov. 12, 2011, and Dec. 15, 2015, that showed what appeared to be large quantities of money, marijuana and firearms. One photo showed Smith with money inside a bag that appeared to be the same bag that contained the stolen firearms located during the search of his residence.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Smith has three prior felony convictions in Cole County, Mo., for distributing a controlled substance.
As an armed career criminal, Smith is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life 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 Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Jefferson City, Mo., Police Department and the Columbia, Mo., Police Department.