(Cape Girardeau) A St. Francois County man will spend almost a decade in a federal prison after his felony sentencing Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau.
A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office says 49-year-old James E. Mahurin II of Desloge was given 110 months in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms.
That’s a little more than 9 years.
According to court documents, on August 27th last year, during the course of a burglary investigation, Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a hunting cabin in Whitewater, Missouri and made contact with the owner.
The owner reported three firearms had been stolen from the cabin.
Another burglary was reported August 30th at a hunting cabin in Advance where several items were stolen.
Deputies lifted fingerprints from this second burglary that were a match to Mahurin.
On September 3rd officers made contact with Mahurin at a yard sale where he was attempting to sell items stolen from the second burglary.
Mahurin admitted to police that he broke into the two cabins and stole the items which included three firearms.
Mahurin then helped police get possession of those three guns.
Mahurin has a previous felony conviction for burglary out of Perry County and that is why he is prohibited from possessing firearms.