Local Man Heads to Prison on Firearms Charge


A Cape Girardeau man has been sentenced to prison for a conviction on a firearm charge.U.S. District Judge Matthew T. Schelp handed down an 84-month prison term for Corey C. Lewis, 33, following his guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to court documents; a law enforcement officer conducted a traffic stop of a motor vehicle Lewis was driving in Cape Girardeau in May 2020. The vehicle was searched after a police canine alerted to the presence of controlled substances. Among other things, officers discovered a semi-automatic pistol and a quantity of marijuana inside Lewis’ vehicle. The pistol had an extended magazine loaded with 32 rounds of ammunition. Lewis was on probation for a felony state drug offense at the time and was therefore prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law. During a guilty plea hearing earlier this summer, Lewis admitted the firearm belonged to him. After serving the 84-month sentence, Lewis will be placed on supervised release for three years.

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