Springfield: Dustin B. Gowens Sentenced for Illegal Firearm

Springfield: Dustin B. Gowens Sentenced for Illegal Firearm

Springfield Man, Dustin B. Gowens Sentenced for Illegal Firearm, Airport Threat

SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) A Springfield, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm and for making a threatening phone call that caused disruption at the Springfield National Airport.

Dustin B. Gowens, 39, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to four years in federal prison without parole.

On Feb. 22, 2020, Gowens pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of maliciously conveying false information.

Gowens admitted that on Sept. 25, 2018, he was in possession of a Jimenez Arms 9mm semi-automatic pistol .  A clerk at the Kum & Go gas station called police officers when he saw Gowens pull the firearm from his pants pocket.  When officers arrived, Gowens was standing outside with the gun in his hand.  Gowens walked away, hiding the pistol in between a cage that contained propane tanks.  The officer ordered him to lie on the ground, placed him in handcuffs, then found the firearm.  Gowens, who was also in possession of four methadone pills, was arrested.

A few days later, on Sept.

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