For Immediate Release
Judge Sentences Poplar Bluff Man for Possessing Firearms
ST. LOUIS – United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. sentenced Tyler Scott Wangler to 102 months in prison today. The 29-year-old Poplar Bluff, Missouri resident pleaded guilty in February to one count of being a felon in possession of firearms.
Court documents reflect that a law enforcement officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a vehicle Wangler was driving last September in Reynolds County. Wangler refused to pull over and instead led the officer on a high-speed pursuit. During the pursuit, Wangler reached speeds of up to 115 miles per hour before he lost control of the vehicle and crashed. Wangler then jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot, but he was apprehended a short time later. Two loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistols were recovered from the wrecked vehicle.
This case was investigated by the Reynolds County Sheriff’s Office, the Poplar Bluff Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Assistant United States Attorney Jack Koester handled the prosecution.