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Van Buren man found guilty in unlawful possession of firearm

Phillip W. Catlett (Source: Carter County Sheriff's Office) Phillip W. Catlett (Source: Carter County Sheriff's Office)
Evidence showed Catlett fired several rounds into this mobile home in July. Evidence showed Catlett fired several rounds into this mobile home in July.
CARTER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A Van Buren man has been found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Phillip Wayne Catlett, 38, was found guilty Thursday, June 23, 2011 in a two-day trial of 1 felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The jury returned a verdict in 30 minutes. Catlett appeared before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.

The attorney's office says the evident presented at the trial showed that Catlett shot several rounds of a .22 caliber rifle into the home of a man who lived in Hunter, Mo., causing occupants to flee.

Carter Co. deputies arrived in time to see Catlett holding a rifle near the mobile home. A passing mailman also identified Catlett.

The officers tried to arrest the man but he escaped into the woods for two months.

Officers found Catlett hiding in the closet of a home in Sept. 2010.

Catlett faces a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing has been set for September 12, 2011.

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