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U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes on Monday sentenced Demetric Antwan Gaines, 33, of Jefferson City, to four years in federal prison, without parole, on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Gaines pleaded guilty to the charge May 14, according to a U.S. Attorney's office news release, admitting he had been in possession of a Kahr Arms 9mm semi-automatic pistol on Aug. 8, 2017.

A witness told officers Gaines had pulled a black handgun from his waistband, pointed it at her, and threatened her.

Officers serving a search warrant later found the pistol in a locked closet in Gaines' residence.

Gaines has been convicted twice on second-degree robbery charges; under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller, based on investigation by the Jefferson City Police Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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