‘Polite’ Charles City man gets probation over gun possession as a felon

Michael O’Shea Anderson, Jr., 38, of Charles City, pleaded guilty in Chickasaw County District Court on Oct. 18 to one count of possession of a firearm as a felon. On Oct. 19 he received two years of probation on a suspended sentenced of to up to five years in prison. A $1,025 fine plus $153.75 surcharge were also suspended.

He had been arrested following a July 24 traffic stop in Ionia. The criminal complaint says that Anderson was the front passenger black 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe stopped by a Chickasaw County sheriff’s deputy at about 8 p.m. because of a report of gunshots from the SUV.

A “black Hi-Point 45 ACP caliber semi-automatic handgun” was seen next to the Anderson’s seat, and he “admitted to being present during the purchase of the handgun” and “admitted that he took the ammunition from his residence for the handgun. The defendant stated that he knew he had prior felony convictions and was not supposed to be around firearms. The defendant has prior felony convictions in the state of Illinois. The defendant was polite and respectful throughout the entire incident.”