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Two area men enter guilty pleas

Thursday, February 10, 2005

CAPE GIRARDEAU - Two Southeast Missouri men plead guilty Wednesday to firearm and drug charges when they appeared in federal court before U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry.

Stevie Lott, 32, of Sikeston, plead guilty to one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

On April 9, 2004, Lott sold a Rohm .22 caliber revolver and CCI brand .22 caliber ammunition to a confidential information working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The transaction was recorded by officers monitoring the scene. Immediately following the transaction with the confidential informant, the pistol and ammunition were turned over to officers.

Lott was convicted in 1993 in Scott County for second degree assault and in 1996 in Mississippi County for involuntary manslaughter, both felony offenses. He faces a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Jimmy Caldwell, 34, plead guilty to two felony counts of distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base and two felony counts of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

On Dec. 29, 2003, and again on Jan. 9, 2004, Caldwell sold 9.19 grams of cocaine base to a confidential information working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He also possessed and sold a Beemiller Inc. 9mm caliber semiautomatic pistol to the same confidential information on Jan. 9, 2004.

Caldwell possessed and sold additional firearms and ammunition to the same confidential informant on Jan. 28, 2004, including: a Harrington and Richardson .32 caliber revolver, a Harrington and Richardson .22 caliber revolver, a Clerk .32 caliber revolver bearing no serial number, a Raven Arms .25 caliber pistol bearing no serial number and several rounds of Federal brand .22 caliber ammunition. The serial numbers on the Clerk and Raven weapons had been obliterated.

In 1991 in New Madrid County, Caldwell was convicted for felony stealing and in 1992 in Pemiscot County for felony possession of a controlled substance. He faces a maximum punishment of 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine for each count of distributing cocaine base and 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of possession of the firearms and ammunition. Lott and Caldwell will be sentenced on May 9.