Cape man pleads guilty after discovery of firearm; second Cape man sentenced for drugs, firearms

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The office of federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway released the following items.

Pleaded guilty

Name: James E. Walker

Age: 53

Residence: Cape Girardeau

Sentence: maximum 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Summary: On Feb. 7, 2007, officers executing a search warrant discovered a loaded semiautomatic pistol in the bedroom of Walker's residence. Walker's previous convictions prohibit him from possessing firearms. Sentencing is set for June 15.

Sentenced

Name: Joseph A. Akens

Age: 28

Residence: Cape Girardeau

Sentence: 140 months

Summary: On January 30, 2007, Cape Girardeau police served a search warrant at Akens' residence, retrieving about two pounds of marijuana and two firearms. Akens arrived home during the search and admitted to selling the drugs and possessing the guns. He told police he kept the firearms due to previous burglaries at his house.

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