A felon who was arrested last year after threatening his aunt with a gun was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty in Garland County Circuit Court.
John Bernard Moss, 48, of Bonnerdale, who has remained in custody since his arrest Sept. 30, 2018, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by certain persons and was sentenced to four years while an additional felony count of first-degree terroristic threatening was withdrawn.
The possession charge was originally filed as a Class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, but was amended Tuesday to a Class D felony, punishable by up to six years. Moss, who was previously convicted of a felony in Pike County, was also ordered to pay $170 in court costs.
According to the probable cause affidavit, on Sept. 30, Garland County sheriff's Sgt. Greg Kellar and Deputy Stacy Morgan responded to the 7500 block of Airport Road in reference to a man reportedly threatening someone with a firearm. They learned that Moss had threatened to kill his aunt, 71, and was holding a rifle at the time he made this threat.
Moss was not at the scene when Kellar and Morgan arrived, but a neighbor told them he gave Moss a ride to his girlfriend's house on Connelly Road off Airport. Kellar and Moss went to the address provided and made contact with Moss.
Moss reportedly stated he lives in a shed behind his aunt's house and did, in fact, have a firearm while he was there. He said he had given the firearm to his son after arriving at the residence on Connelly Road.
Moss' girlfriend, 47, reportedly told deputies she did not know about a firearm but was present during the incident with his aunt.
She initially stated Moss did not threaten his aunt or have a firearm. She later reportedly said she did not know what happened to the firearm and did not know where he had placed it. The girlfriend was reportedly charged with obstruction of government operations for initially giving false information.
Moss led Morgan to where the gun was located behind a shed at the residence. The rifle had one round in the chamber and five in the magazine.
Moss was arrested and initially held on $7,500 bond. He pleaded not guilty to the charge on Dec. 4, 2018, and a court order barring him from contact with his aunt was issued at that time.
Local on 03/15/2019
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