A Camden resident has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison without parole for illegally possessing a firearm as a felon. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Dewayne Stephens, 44, entered a guilty plea to the charge in December of last year.
Stephens was reportedly seen in the area of Vandiver Road in rural Ray County in November of 2012 with a bolt action riftle. Later that week, conservation agents set up a deer decoy and observed Stephens fire a shot at the decoy and then flee the scene. One of the agents attempted to stop Stephens by blocking the roadway with his truck, but Stephens sped up, veered around the patrol truck and fled from the area.
Prior to that incident, he had been convicted of receiving stolen property, DWI, assault, armed criminal action, deviate sexual assault, burglary and stealing.