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Carter County sheriff deputy pleads guilty to gun charges

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU - A former sheriff's deputy entered a guilty plea to possession and sale of stolen firearms.

Steffanie Kearbey, former deputy sheriff of Carter County, pled guilty to one felony count of possession of stolen firearms, and one felony count of sale of a stolen firearm before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr.

With her plea, Kearbey admitted that on Dec. 24, 2009, the Carter County Sheriff's Department responded to a complaint at the residence of Milo Couser in Carter County. Officers obtained consent to search the residence. During the course of the search, at least 18 firearms were found. Because Couser was a convicted felon and could not lawfully possess the firearms.

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