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.