Jefferson City man guilty of bringing gun to Lincoln University
JEFFERSON CITY - A federal trial jury found a Jefferson City man guilty of illegally possessing firearms Wednesday.
United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson said Terrence Lamar Hawkins, 46, concealed a gun on two separate occasions at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
Hawkins had a prior felony conviction for unlawful use of a weapon. Individuals with felony convications are prohibited from posessing firearms.
Dickinson said evidence presented during trial indicated Lincoln University Police Department confronted Hawkins outside the student center when they noticed he appeared to be intoxicated. Police said they noticed a bulge in his pocket and when officers asked about it, they said he tried to run away. Police arrested Hawkins and told him he would be arrested if he returned.
Police said Hawkins returned a month later, again carrying a pistol in his pants pocket.
Dickinson said Hawkins faces up to 20 years in prison without parole, plus a fine of up to $500,000.
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