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Federal jury convicts Colorado Springs man for illegal possession of AR-15

Posted at 1:02 PM, Feb 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-02 15:02:11-05

DENVER – This past week, a federal jury in Denver convicted a Colorado Springs man of receipt, storage, and possession of a stolen firearm and for being a felon in possession of ammunition.

According to the Department of Justice, 23-year-old Demontrae Wilson was convicted on Jan. 31st of the above-mentioned crimes and was acquitted on a third count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The DOJ said evidence showed that Wilson had been involved in an altercation between two vehicles which resulted in shots being fired. During that altercation, Wilson was shot in the head with an AR-15 round and lost vision in one eye.

After that incident, in March of 2018, law enforcement in Colorado Springs was surveilling Wilson when he and several associates attempted to elude officers in a car.

According to the DOJ, when officers stopped the vehicle, they found military-grade AR-15 ammunition, a military grade ballistic vest with damage from bullets in the chest area, and a stolen AR-15 under a blanket. Another passenger was also carrying a handgun.

Wilson had been previously convicted of a felony and was not allowed to possess any firearm or ammunition.

Wilson’s sentencing has been scheduled for May 2, 2019.

At this time, the DOJ has not released a picture of Wilson or any additional information.