BEATRICE – A Beatrice man has been bound over to Gage County District Court on a gun charge.
A preliminary hearing was held this week for 51-year-old Dusty Mayhew, charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Conviction on the charge carries a possible sentence of 20 years to life in prison.
Mayhew’s appearance bond was set at $50,000 and he now faces a district court arraignment hearing, March 15th.
Mayhew was arrested along with another man in Cortland, by Gage County Sheriff’s Officers. A search of their vehicle uncovered a black-colored assault rifle in the rear seat floorboard.
The men were arrested last month after authorities responded to a call reporting a suspicious vehicle in Cortland. Officers located the car at a convenience store along U.S. Highway 77.
Both men were found to have suspended drivers’ licenses, but authorities learned that Kenneth Rainey had been driving the vehicle. Rainey had been barred from having weapons because of a past assault conviction. Mayhew was prohibited from possessing a gun because records indicated he is a convicted felon. He was sentenced in 2011 to concurrent prison terms for 2nd-degree forgery and attempted 2nd degree sexual assault. He was released from prison in April of 2014.