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East Prairie man enters guilty plea

Thursday, September 8, 2005

CAPE GIRARDEAU -- An East Prairie man pled guilty Thursday to charges of unlawfully possessing firearms and ammunition.

Thomas J. Farquhar, 29, pled guilty to one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

On Aug. 23, 2003, an East Prairie city police officer spoke with Amy Farquhar who told the officer she was married to Thomas Farquhar. The officer helped Mrs. Farquhar obtain an ex parte order of protection against her husband. The order was served at the home of the couple in East Prairie.

Mrs. Farquhar informed the officer that her husband had some firearms in a cabinet in the house. When the officer asked if he could remove the firearms, Mrs. Farquhar agreed and showed him the cabinet where they were stored.

The cabinet, which was locked, was removed from the residence and taken to the police station along with ammunition found in the same room. Farquhar was interviewed by a Missouri State Highway Patrolman and admitted that the firearms in the cabinet were his. Officers then found ammunition for a .22 caliber gun when they were allowed to search Farquhar's vehicle. Farquhar told officers he obtained the ammunition from a friend.

Farquhar and his father then unlocked the gun cabinet and officers found eight firearms inside.

Farquhar had been previously convicted of the felony of manufacturing a controlled substance in Mississippi County. He now faces a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Nov. 28.

A Caruthersville man also pled guilty Wednesday to unlawfully possessing a firearm.

Alan K. Jean, 23, pled guilty to one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

On April 5, 2005, a report was made to the Caruthersville Police Department that someone had observed Jean in possession of a pistol. A federal search warrant was obtained and executed on April 15 at Jean's residence located on State Highway D in Caruthersville.

Jean was present during the search where a Franchi, 12-gauge shotgun and several rounds of shotgun, rifle and pistol ammunition were found. Jean admitted the shotgun was in his possession and that he obtained it for his protection.

Jean had previously been convicted of the felonies of burglary, stealing and forgery in Pemiscot County. He now faces a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Nov. 28.