Washington County Man Gets Lengthy Sentence to Federal Prison

(Cape Girardeau) A Washington County man was sentenced to federal prison Thursday.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cape Girardeau says 35-year-old Eli B. Rawlins of Irondale was given 96 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Rawlins appeared Thursday for his plea and sentencing hearing at the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau.

The news release says on February 6th of 2021, a trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol was investigating a motor vehicle theft of a Chevrolet Tahoe, when he observed the stolen vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence in Patton in Bollinger County.

The victim had also reported her firearm was inside the vehicle when it was stolen.

Rawlins was located seated inside a Chevy Silverado pickup parked in the same driveway.

After determining that the victim’s firearm was missing from the stolen Tahoe, the trooper approached Rawlins and inquired about the victim’s firearm.

Rawlins admitted he had removed the gun from the Tahoe and placed it inside the Silverado where it was recovered by the trooper.

Rawlins has prior felony convictions for 3rd degree assault in Madison County and 2nd degree burglary in St. Francois County and is therefore prohibited from possessing firearms.