CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- A former southeastern Missouri sheriff has pleaded guilty in federal court to felony weapons charges.
The U.S. Attorney's office says Tommy Adams entered the pleas Tuesday to possessing and selling stolen guns and being a drug user in possession of a gun.
Adams is the former Carter County sheriff.
He admitted that in 2009, he kept firearms that were seized from the home of a convicted felon where authorities found at least 18 guns. The guns should have been retained as evidence, but prosecutors said Adams and a deputy sold some of them.
Adams also admitted selling other weapons he knew to be stolen, and using meth and other drugs while he had the guns.
He faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing, scheduled for July 2.