Springfield Man Convicted of Illegal Firearm
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Springfield, Mo., man has been found guilty in federal court of illegally possessing a firearm.
Scott Goodwin-Bey, 49, of was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool issued the verdict on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, following a one-day bench trial on Aug. 23, 2016.
According to the court’s findings of fact, Goodwin-Bey entered the Star Mart on W. Chestnut Expressway on Nov. 30, 2014, carrying a loaded Ruger 9mm pistol. Goodwin-Bey placed the gun on the counter and the store clerk took the firearm and handed it to the store manager. Both the clerk and the manager recognized Goodwin-Bey from earlier interactions because he had behaved in a strange manner. The clerk escorted Goodwin-Bey outside the store and Goodwin-Bey left in a white Lincoln. The store manager dialed 911 and requested that officers come to the Star Mart because of concern over Goodwin-Bey’s actions.
When an officer arrived, the store manager turned over the firearm. Another officer stopped Goodwin-Bey, who was driving the Lincoln, and he was arrested. Officers found loose 9mm ammunition on the floor of his vehicle and in the parking lot in front of the store in the vicinity of where the vehicle had been parked.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Goodwin-Bey has two prior felony convictions for carrying a concealed weapon and prior felony convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of crack cocaine, resisting arrest and conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.
Under federal statutes, Goodwin-Bey 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 James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the Springfield, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.