Crime & Courts

Wichita man sentenced to four years on firearms charge

A 29-year-old Wichita man pleaded guilty Monday to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction.

Dontreal D. Banks said in a phone call monitored with an inmate at the Hutchinson Reformatory that he never goes to a club unarmed, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

He was sentenced to four years in prison on the federal firearms charge.

After he serves his sentence, he will serve an additional three years on a supervised release.

According to a release issued by Grissom on Monday, Banks – at the time of the phone call – was serving parole on a felony conviction.

The Kansas Department of Corrections investigators found a Norinco AK-47 semi-automatic gun in a closet of Bank’s residence in addition to an attached ammunition magazine.

Because of a prior conviction, Banks was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

In the release, Grissom praised both the Kansas Department of Corrections, the Wichita Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Welch for their work on the case.

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner