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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Sayler A. Fleming
, United States Attorney

Judge Sentences Cape Girardeau Man to 84 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing Firearm

The United States Attorney's Office announced that COREY C. LEWIS, age 33, was sentenced today to serve 84 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 Matthew T. Schelp at the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

According to court documents, a law enforcement officer conducted a traffic stop of a motor vehicle Lewis was driving in the city of 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.

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


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