Jefferson City man pleads guilty to illegal firearm in fatal shooting

4 months 1 week 4 days ago Monday, May 15 2017 May 15, 2017 Monday, May 15, 2017 6:02:00 PM CDT May 15, 2017 in News
By: Alexandria Gentile, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - Paris Mark Alexander-Henderson of Jefferson City pleaded guilty in federal court Monday for illegally possessing the firearm officers say he used to shoot and kill another person.

On April 25, 2015, Jefferson City police offers responded to a shooting in the 1400 block of Elizabeth Street.  The victim, Bryant Sturkey, suffered from multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the torso and later died at the hospital.

Investigators recovered the Girsan .45-caliber pistol the believe was used in the shooting in Alexander-Henderson’s residence after he confessed to officers.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to possess a firearm or ammunition. Alexander-Henderson has a prior felony conviction of aggravated DUI.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after an investigation by the United States Probate Office is complete. Under federal statutes, Alexander-Henderson can be subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole.

Assistant U.S Attorney Jim Lynn prosecuted the case with the help of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive and the Jefferson City Police Department.

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