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Jefferson City Man Sentenced to 4 Years for Illegal Firearm

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

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Jefferson City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court on September 10, 2018, for illegally possessing a firearm.


Demetric Antwan Gaines, 33, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 4 years in federal prison without parole.


On May 14, 2018, Gaines pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Gaines admitted that he was in possession of a Kahr Arms 9mm semi-automatic pistol on Aug. 8, 2017. A witness told officers that Gaines pulled a black handgun from his waistband, pointed it at her, and threatened her. Officers later found the Kahr Arms 9mm semi-automatic pistol in a locked closet in Gaines’ residence while serving a state search warrant.


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


This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lawrence E. Miller. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and the Jefferson City, Missouri Police Department.

Updated September 11, 2018

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