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Two facing sentence on gun charges

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

CAPE GIRARDEAU - Two Alabama men pled guilty to charges of unlawfully possessing a firearm in connection with an incident in Scott County.

Marvin Alton McKay, 31, of Hamilton, Ala., and Larry Lavon Lay, 61, of Jasper, Ala., pled guilty to one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. They appeared Tuesday before United State District Judge Catherine D. Perry.

On Jan. 11, 2005, a citizen called the Scott County Sheriff's office and reported he was following a vehicle whose occupants had broken into his uncle's house. The officers responded to the area and tried to stop the vehicle, which then fled but later was stopped in Sikeston. McKay was driving the vehicle with Lay and two female passengers. A Remington 12 gauge shotgun was found in the vehicle.

The officers went to the house that had been broken into, located on State Highway NN, in Scott County, and found that the front door was kicked in. The owner of the house told the officers that a Remington 12 gauge shotgun was taken in the burglary.

After he was arrested Lay stated McKay kicked the door open on the house. He said that he and McKay went into the house and took some personal property, including the Remington shotgun.

Due to their previous criminal histories, both men are forbidden by law to possess firearms.

Both face a maximum punishment of life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing has been set for May 10.