CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A Stoddard County man pled guilty in federal court on Friday on charges for the unlawful possession of a firearm.
Robert Charles Hennecke III, 22, of Dexter, pled guilty to one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He appeared before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.
According to a news release from United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway, on April 1, a deputy for the Stoddard County, Missouri sheriff's office stopped a vehicle in Stoddard County in regards to another investigation. The vehicle was registered to Hennecke, who was a passenger in the car. The deputy asked Hennecke for consent to search the car, to which he agreed. When the deputy searched the trunk of the vehicle, he found a Mossberg, 12 gauge shotgun. Further investigation determined that Hennecke had purchased this shotgun from another man in Southeast Missouri. Due to Hennecke's prior felony convictions, he is prohibited from possessing firearms.
Hennecke now faces a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing has been set for Feb. 23.
Keith D. Sorrell handled the prosecution for the government.