Convicted Felon Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Firearms

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A convicted felon was sentenced Monday for illegally possessing a pistol and rifle at his residence.

Christopher M. Behn, 40, was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison without parole.

According to a news release from the Office of the U. S. Attorney, he was sentenced as an armed career felon because of his previous convictions.

In May, Behn pled guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms.

On Nov. 4, 2015, police officers found a Springfield Armory .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol in the trailer in Behn's driver. They also found a DSA .223-caliber semi-automatic rifle in a metal building on the south side of the trailer.

It's illegal for convicted felons to have a firearm or any ammunition.

According to the release, Behn has "three prior felony convictions for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, two prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance, and prior felony convictions for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, car theft, threatening with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon by a previous offender, possession of a methamphetamine precursor drug with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and resisting arrest."


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