Convicted felon charged for possession of homemade guns, pipe bombs
By Jennifer Cruz
Michael Beck faces up to 50 years in prison for weapons charges. (Photo: Louisville Metro Corrections)
A Kentucky court dropped weapons charges against a convicted felon so he could be charged in federal court instead, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.
Michael C. Beck, 28, has been charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm.
Beck, who was previously convicted of a 2nd degree felony out of Bastrop County, Texas, in 2007, was charged by criminal complaint in January, then indicted by a grand jury in February. He is accused of illegally possessing multiple firearms, including a sawed off shotgun, as well as homemade bombs and a homemade gun.
According to court documents, the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections Home Incarceration Program received a tip that weapons, including possible explosives, were located at Beck’s Louisville residence with which he shared with a roommate who was also on HIP.
On January 13, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department went to the residence to serve Beck with an Emergency Protection Order and perform a home inspection with the assistance of the Louisville Metro Police and Special Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Beck consented to the search