JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Williamsburg man has been sentenced in federal court for illegal possession of a firearm.sawed off

United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Tammy Dickinson, announced William Hayward Council, 58, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole by U.S. District Judge, Brian C. Wimes on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

Due to two prior felony convictions of unlawful use of a weapon and three prior felony convictions for distribution of a controlled substance, Council has been sentenced as an armed career criminal, as it is illegal under federal law for those with felony convictions to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Council has also been convicted on 10 separate occasions of driving while intoxicated.

Council pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm September 1, 2015. Council was arrested and admitted to possessing a firearm August 23, 2013, in Callaway County, MO, after two people alerted police that he jumped out of his truck on a rural roadway and pointed a sawed-off shotgun at them. Law enforcement went to Council’s residence, where he resisted arrest. Upon acquiring a search warrant, police found a New England 12-gauge shotgun, with a barrel less than 12 inches in length.

This case was investigated by the Callaway County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn.