Columbia man pleads guilty after illegal firearm possession
JEFFERSON CITY - A Columbia man pleaded guilty in Western District Court today for illegally possessing a firearm. He was arrested after a high-speed chase during which he crashed his car. At the time, he had seven arrest warrants.
James Earl Sanders Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a firearm while being a felon. He was previously arrested on two separate occasions. During both of those arrests, he illegally possessed a firearm.
The first was on July 24, 2018 while riding a scooter that had been reported stolen. He had a loaded handgun in his front pocket at the time of his arrest that was reported stolen as well. The second was on Sept. 30, 2018, when a police officer attempted to stop him from speeding.
He also has two prior felony convictions for burglary and attempted robbery.
Sanders is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole.
A sentence hearing has yet to be scheduled.