CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Sikeston man was sentenced Thursday on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm.
Shalimar M. Ross, 25, was sentenced to 50 months on one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm when he appeared in federal court before U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel.
According to reports, on Sept. 13, 2001, a Sikeston police officer made contact with Ross who had been driving a vehicle. Ross gave the officer consent to search the vehicle, in which a Rossi .44 caliber revolver was found under the driver's seat. Ross admitted that the gun was his and said he had bought the weapon for $50. A records check revealed that the gun was stolen during a burglary in New Madrid County on July 30, 1999.
Ross had been convicted of residential burglary and second degree battery in 1977. He was also convicted on Feb. 8, 2001, in Scott County of possession of a controlled substance.
The Sikeston Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms worked on the case.