Sawed-Off Shotgun Nets Five Year Sentence

 

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by Sam Clanton

 

FORSYTH, Mo. – A man from Branson is sentenced to five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for unlawful possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

Associate Circuit Judge Eric Eighmy accepted the guilty plea of 49-year-old Jerry Hutchason, and sentenced him pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office.

On April 11th, Branson Police were called to a Fall Creek Road apartment on a report of a domestic disturbance involving a firearm. After making contact with the complaining witness, officers coaxed Hutchason out of the building.

Prosecutor Jeff Merrell says a shotgun with a 14-inch barrel – showing obvious signs of having been sawed down from a longer length – was recovered from where Hutchason had been sitting inside the apartment.

Per state law, shotguns with a barrel length of less than 18-inches, or an overall length of less than 23-inches, are illegal. The maximum penalty for the class C felony is seven years in prison.

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