Jefferson City man sentenced for carrying an illegal firearm
JEFFERSON CITY - Terrence Lamar Hawkins was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for illegally possessing firearms. Hawkins was caught trespassing at Lincoln University twice and was found carrying a gun both times.
Hawkins, 46, has had two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He had a prior felony conviction for unlawful use of a weapon. Under federal law, it is illegal for a convicted felon to be in possession of any firearm.
In February 2011, Hawkins was found guilty of possessing a Hi-Point 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Police said Hawkins appeared to be intoxicated while at the Lincoln University Scruggs Student Center cafeteria when he was confronted by police officers and they noticed a bulge in Hawkins' front left pocket.
Hawkins then attempted to flee but was detained by officers. The officers recovered the firearm from Hawkins and warned that he would be arrested for trespassing if he returned to Lincoln University.
In March 2011, Hawkins returned to the Scruggs Student Center and was then arrested for trespassing. During a search a pistol was found in his pants pocket.
Hawkins is sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole.
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