Crime

Two days after receiving probation, convicted Kansas felon is caught with a gun

Donta R. Tanner Jr.’s tenure as a convicted felon granted probation turned out to be brief.

The 23-year-old Lawrence man now faces the possibility of a long prison stint as a twice-convicted felon.

On Sunday, two days after a Douglas County district judge placed Tanner on probation for his conviction on a felony charge of aggravated battery, Tanner was arrested for allegedly possessing a firearm.

On Monday he was charged in U.S. District Court with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The federal charge stems from a fight early Sunday in the 1500 block of West Ninth Street in Lawrence.

Witnesses told police that Tanner brandished a .40-caliber handgun and threatened several people during the melee, according to court documents.

A friend took the gun from Tanner and gave it to police, according to the documents.

As a convicted felon, Tanner cannot legally possess a firearm.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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