Timothy Tyler, 49, of Salem, was found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm following a bench trial in Phelps County last Monday.

Timothy Tyler, 49, of Salem, was found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm following a bench trial in Phelps County last Monday.  Circuit Judge William Hickle heard evidence of Tyler’s prior felony conviction for possession of methamphetamine precursors. To receive the guilty verdict of a felon in possession of a firearm, Judge Hickle then heard testimony from Phelps County Conservation Officer Darrin Wood who witnessed Tyler carrying a rifle and dragging a deer carcass in November 2016.  Tyler admitted to shooting the deer to Officer Wood.  The case was tried by Assistant Prosecutor Bill Hudson. 

“Our office supports the Second Amendment.  Gun ownership is one of our most unique and important rights as Americans,” Hudson says.  “But Mr. Tyler lost those rights when he committed his previous felonies.  Holding him accountable helps reinforce the rights of responsible, legal gun owners.”

Tyler is set for sentencing on March 8, 2017 and faces up to seven years in prison.