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NO-SHOW FELON FACES AUGUST SENTENCING

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A Weber County man, previously convicted of forgery, faces sentencing in August in Utah federal court on his guilty plea of failure to appear at a hearing on allegations he possessed an unregistered firearm.

William Keith Elliot, 24, Ogden, pleaded guilty before Utah federal Judge David Sam for failing to appear for a Jan. 17 hearing after having been released to a halfway house pending his trial.A Utah federal grand jury initially indicted the defendant on Dec. 9, 1988, with possessing a 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun on Sept. 28, 1988.

The day after he failed to appear for his hearing before Magistrate Ronald Boyce, a superseding three-count indictment was handed up.

Following a non-jury trial June 5, the judge convicted Elliot of possessing the weapon.

In addition, Elliot, who was convicted in December 1984 of forgery and burglary in Weber County, was found guilty of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The judge said the defendant will be sentenced on all three counts on Aug. 4.