Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

March 27, 2013

Probation for Appanoose County man in possession of firearm

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — An Appanoose County man with a felony conviction and charged with felon in possession of a firearm, D felony, was sentenced to probation.

Steven Ray Bair, 27, of Centerville, was sentenced by Judge Kirk A. Daily March 1, 2013 to five years in prison, suspended, five years probation with the Department of Corrections and a fine on the charge of dominion control of a firearm offensive weapon by a felon.

Appanoose County Attorney Richard Scott filed trial information Nov. 29, 2011 charging Bair with one count of felon in possession of a firearm or offensive weapon, D felony.

Bair entered a negotiated, voluntary guilty plea to the crime of possession of a firearm or offensive weapon Oct. 12, 2012.

On Jan. 18, 2013, Bair stated he was going to enlist in the military, so sentencing was postponed to Feb. 15 to give him time to ascertain his enlistment status.

Bair failed to show for his Feb. 15 sentencing so it was continued to March 1.

The complaint and affidavit filed Oct. 17, 2011 by Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer Jacob Fulk, on Oct. 16 he was at the no hunting refuge at Sharon Bluffs near the Chariton River boat ramp, heard multiple gun shots then eventually arrested Bair at approximately 8:53 p.m. for possession of dominion and control of firearm and ammunition by felon and others, D felony.

Before Bair was sentenced, a pre-trial report of violation was filed Feb. 28, 2012 alleging he tested positive for THC on Feb. 21, 2012 and the Centerville Police Department arrested him for possession of drug paraphernalia. The violation report states on Feb. 18, 2012 Bair was cited by the Centerville Police Department with driving under suspension and operating without registration.

Bair admitted to smoking marijuana. The court terminated Bair's pretrial release Feb. 28, 2012.

Bair owes $1,252.50.