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.
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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.