TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Topeka man arrested in the street, dodging imaginary tacklers, is headed to federal prison on a firearms charge.
33-year-old Tyrone Lewis was sentenced Tuesday to two and a half years for unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction.
In his plea, he admitted that he called Topeka Police in January 2013, claiming people were chasing him in a vehicle. Police found him jumping back and forth in an intersection and suspected he was under the influence of a narcotic.
Officers found a bag with four bullets on Lewis, which was prohibited due to a prior aggravated robbery conviction.
Also Tuesday, 22-year-old Matthew Hoag was sentenced to six months in a federal halfway house.
Topeka Police arrested him in March 2013 with a .380 caliber handgun in his possession, which was prohibited due to a prior drug conviction.
Complete news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:
Two Topeka men have been sentenced to federal custody in unrelated federal firearms cases, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Tyrone J. Lewis, Sr., 33, was sentenced to 30 months. Matthew L. Hoag, 22, Topeka, was sentenced to six months in a halfway house.
Lewis pleaded guilty on one count of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction. In his plea, he admitted that on Jan. 19, 2013, he called the Topeka Police Department to report that people were chasing him in a vehicle. When officers arrived in the 1600 block of SW Topeka they found Lewis in the intersection jumping back and forth as if he were avoiding multiple football tackles. Believing him to be under the influence of a narcotic, they placed him under arrest. They found four .45 caliber bullets in a plastic bag in his possession. At the time, he was prohibited from possessing ammunition because of prior felony convictions in Shawnee County District Court for aggravated robbery and attempted criminal possession of a firearm.
Hoag pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. In his plea, he admitted that officers of the Topeka Police Department encountered him on March 21, 2013, after being called to a report of shots fired. Hoag was riding in the back seat of a car officers stopped in the 1100 block of SW Lincoln. They found him in possession of a .380 caliber handgun. At the time, Hoag was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had been convicted in June 2010 in Jackson County District Court on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.
Grissom commended the Topeka Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hathaway for their work on the cases.