Casper Man Indicted For Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm
A federal grand jury indicted a Casper man for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records.
The federal case started after a local incident on July 5.
Anthony James Kelley, who was 26 when arrested, was charged with aggravated assault and misdemeanor marijuana possession after pointing a gun at three men trying to help another man move from his apartment, according to Casper Police records.
That day, an officer was sent to an apartment complex on East 18th Street where a woman had called 911 and said a white man was threatening and harassing three black men.
She also said the white man, called "AK," showed up in a red sedan and was waving a gun around telling the other men not to mess with him.
When asked Kelley denied he was "AK" and also denied he had a gun. The officer conducted a pat search on him and found no weapon.
But another officer arrived got Kelley's permission to search his car for weapons and found a black Glock model 43 pistol nearby on the ground. The pistol had four rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.
Kelley was handcuffed, and said he wanted police to give the car keys to one of the other men, but he didn't know where they were located.
Instead of finding the keys, the officer allegedly found a red drawstring bag which contained marijuana and a Rock Island 1911 pistol, with five rounds in the magazine. Police also found three packages of marijuana in the car.
Police contacted an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who filed a criminal complaint about Kelley on July 24.
The agent recounted the story from police records, and checked further into Kelley's background.
The agent learned Kelley was convicted in 2011 of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Federal court records say he was sentenced to three years 10 months of imprisonment to be served consecutively for a sentence for a probation revocation in Laramie County.
On Aug. 8, U.S. Magistrate Michael Shickich ordered Kelley detained because of his history of non-compliance, criminal activity while on probation, and for the safety of the community.
On Tuesday, the grand jury handed up the indictment about Kelley, charging him with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted, Kelley faces up to 10 years of imprisonment.