Cape Girardeau man sentenced for possessing gun following standoff

Cape Girardeau man sentenced for possessing gun following standoff

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - According to the US Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Missouri, a Cape Girardeau man has been sentenced to 210 months behind bars following a 2017 standoff with police.

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James W. Mathena, 51, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was sentenced in from of Judge Stephen Limbaugh to more than 17 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Mathena made threats to his elderly parents that led to a standoff with police in 2017 before surrendering. Officers found a shotgun in his bedroom according to court documents.

Mathena's criminal history includes a 1988 felony conviction from the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas for assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon. He also had felony convictions for robbery, assault, distribution of methamphetamine, driving while intoxicated, and unlawful possession of firearms.

The case was investigated by the Cape Girardeau Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

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