Jefferson City man sentenced on firearm possession charge

A Jefferson City man was sentenced last week to seven years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm.

Yashim Smith Sr. pleaded guilty in Cole County to unlawful possession of a firearm. His sentencing included credit for time already served.

He was initially charged with felony counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a weapon, and armed criminal action, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of a defaced firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement states SWAT officers served a warrant in the 600 block of Linn Street on June 28, 2022.

During the search, a shotgun was allegedly found under Smith's bed. The serial number had reportedly been filed off.

Officers said they also found a .22-caliber rifle and a marijuana pipe along with a mirror covered in white residue.

When questioned, Smith reportedly told authorities he knew that both firearms were in the home, but that he didn't believe either weapon would fire and denied ever discharging the weapons.

Smith had six warrants for his arrest when he was taken into custody.