Former Carter County sheriff, deputy sentenced on federal charges

CARTER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Former Carter County Sheriff Tommy Adams was sentenced to 10 years behind bars.

Adams pleaded guilty to felony weapons charges in April. A federal judge sentenced him Monday.

Steffanie Kearbey, a former Carter County Sheriff's deputy was sentenced to 5 years behind bars for possession and sale of stolen firearms.

Both appeared before United States District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., in Cape Girardeau.

As part of his plea, Adams admits that on December 24, 2009 he kept 18 weapons he found while searching the home of a convicted felon and later sold a number of the guns.

He also admitted to later selling other stolen guns between December 2009 and April 2011.

Federal and state authorities found a number of the firearms in Adams' home during a search on April 2, 2011.

On April 2, 2011, Kearbey sold one of the firearms to a confidential informant for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. In a search of her home, law enforcement officers found 12 firearms, including five of the firearms stolen during the December 24, 2009 search. Authorities also recovered coins, knives, and jewelry that had been taken in a separate burglary. Kearbey admitted she had taken the coins from a rural Carter County home at the direction of Adams.

Court records show they both also admitted to using methamphetamine while in uniform and on duty.

Adams is still awaiting trial on state charges alleging he distributed methamphetamine and cocaine.

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