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Thayer man pleads guilty in federal court in Springfield

Thursday, October 9, 2003

Staff Writer

SPRINGFIELD -- A Thayer man, Timothy Jacobs, pleaded guilty in federal court last month to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Jacobs, 35, appeared before U.S. District Judge Richard Door. Jacobs admitted during the court proceedings he was in possession of a .380-caliber Hi Point Firearms pistol and ammunition in March of this year in Oregon County.

Jacobs has a 1993 felony conviction of forgery in Oregon County as well as a driving while intoxicated charge in 1993 in Lawrence County, Ark., and 1993 and 1994 felony DWI charges in Fulton and Sharp counties in Ark.

Under federal law it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of a firearm or ammunition.

Jacobs was convicted on the firearms charge after local law enforcement officers responded to a call at his home in Thayer where there was a complaint of shots being fired. Jacobs admitted he had fired a gun three times into the hood of the family vehicle after drinking and arguing with his wife.

Officers found three shell casings near Jacob's 1992 Dodge van. Three bullet holes were also discovered in the hood of the vehicle, and officers found the .380 pistol in Jacob's attic.

Jacobs could go to federal prison for up to 10 years without parole plus have to pay a fine of as much as $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled in the near future. The case was prosecuted by deputy United States Attorney Michael Jones. The case was investigated by the Oregon County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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