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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Missouri

For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 4, 2021
Sayler A. Fleming
, United States Attorney

Judge Sentences Cape Girardeau Man to 46 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing Firearm

The United States Attorney's Office announced that HERSCHAEL TANKSLEY, age 34, was sentenced today to serve 46 months in federal prison following his guilty plea to being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. at the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

According to court documents, in November 2019, officers were dispatched to a "shots fired call" outside a residence in Cape Girardeau. The reporting party told police that Tanksley was the person responsible for firing the gun and that he had since left the area in a silver passenger car. Officers located and stopped the car and made contact with Tanksley. A semi-automatic pistol was seized from Tanksley's jacket pocket. Tanksley admitted that he had the firearm for about a year.

Tanksley has a prior felony conviction for Tampering with a Motor Vehicle in Scott County, Missouri, and is therefore prohibited from possessing firearms.

This case was investigated by the Cape Girardeau Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Julie Hunter handled the prosecution for the government.

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