By Heartland News
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A Jackson man pleaded guilty to one felony count of interstate domestic violence and one felony county of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm Wednesday.
James Douglas said that on Dec. 23, 2009, he obtained a Lorcin brand, 9 mm. semi-automatic pistol from an individual in Jackson, MO.
The next morning Douglas went to an Easy Money at 320 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, MO where his wife was working at the business at that time.
Douglas said he and his wife left Easy Money in a 2001 Lincoln automobile. At the time they left, Douglas was driving the automobile and had the 9 mm. pistol in his possession.
Douglas took his wife to the Super 8 Motel in Madison, MS. His wife asked him to take her home on multiple occasions. He refused to do so.
During the course of his travel, Douglas admitted striking his wife in the face, giving her both a busted lip and black eye.
Police located them in a hotel room in Gluckstadt, MS. Members of the F.B.I. and the Madison County and Mississippi County Sheriff's Departments surrounded the hotel and took Douglas into custody when he stepped outside the hotel room.
Douglas admitted he was a convicted felon, having been convicted in 2002 of the felony of domestic assault. Due to this felony conviction, he was prohibited from possessing firearms.
Douglas faces a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on each count. Sentencing is set for Sept. 27, 2010.