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Probation ordered in weapons case

April 13, 2021 at 5:05 a.m. | Updated April 14, 2021 at 11:11 a.m.

A Jefferson City man pleaded guilty to charges he faces in a weapons case from January 2020.

During a hearing before Cole County Judge Cotton Walker, Mark A. Cavin, 26, pleaded guilty to felony unlawful possession of a firearm, a class D felony, and unlawful use of a weapon, a class E felony. Prosecutor's dismissed one count of armed criminal action.

Cavin was placed on five years supervised probation. If he is found to have violated any conditions of his probation, he faces up to 10 years in the Department of Corrections.

Jefferson City Police Department officers responded to the 2100 block of Missouri Boulevard for a weapons offense where Cavin had ambushed two people as they exited the back of a building. He pulled out a handgun, cycled the slide to load it and pointed it at one of the victims - someone who was in a current romantic relationship with the other victim, whom Cavin had previously been in a romantic relationship - according to charging documents.

Police said Cavin then put the gun away, punched the other victim in the face and left, putting the gun in a backpack and hiding the bag in the 2000 block of Missouri Boulevard on the way.

Cavin was taken into custody by police in the 2000 block of Missouri Boulevard. Officers found the backpack, and the victims positively identified Cavin and the gun.

Police said Cavin admitted to having a gun for protection - despite being a felon - and to approaching the victims in the dark behind the building and pulling the gun out to cycle the slide, though Cavin said he then placed the gun back inside his jacket, only argued with one victim without striking them, and left.

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