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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Missouri

www.justice.gov/usao/moe

For Immediate Release

January 17, 2012

Richard Callahan, United States Attorney

Sikeston Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Charges

The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that a Sikeston, Missouri man pled guilty to gun charges.

THOMAS C. LOVETTE, age 45, pled guilty to two felony counts of being a Previously Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He appeared before United States District Judge Henry E. Autrey.

In January, 2011, officers arrested Lovette who was in possession of a Glock, 9mm caliber pistol. Lovette told the officers that he traded two other pistols for the firearm at a local firearms store. Lovette admitted that he also had a rifle at his residence in Sikeston. Officers went to the residence and recovered a Smith & Wesson, 5.56 mm caliber rifle, and several rounds of ammunition of various calibers.

Federal officers also found records verifying that Lovette traded a Taurus, 9mm pistol, and a Taurus, .45 caliber pistol for the 9mm Glock.

Due to Lovette’s previous conviction for the felonies of False Official Statements, Larceny of Military Property, and Impersonating a Non–Commissioned Officer in 2004, he is prohibited from possessing firearms.

Lovette now faces a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on each count. Sentencing has been set for April 17, 2012.

This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Keith D. Sorrell is handling the prosecution for the Government.

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