CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Portageville man has pled guilty on federal charges of unlawful possession of a firearm.
Richard Rowe, 34, entered a plea of guilty to one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm in an appearance Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey. Due to Mr. Rowe's prior felony convictions, he is prohibited by law from possessing firearms.
Sentencing has been set for January 9. Rowe now faces a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
On Aug. 6, 2004, a woman called the Portageville Police Department and reported that she had found a firearm in the residence that she had shared with Rowe. Officers responded to the residence and recovered a Llama, .45 caliber pistol. Rowe was then contacted by officers and told them he had purchased the pistol about one month earlier from an unidentified man for $50. The pistol had previously been stolen on June 20, 2004, from Tom Robinson, a resident of Portageville.