A federal jury Monday found an Independence man guilty of felony possession of a firearm.
A jury in the U.S. District Court of Kansas City found Daniel Portillo, 46, guilty after deliberating about an hour. The trial had started earlier Monday.
On July 12, 2017, Portillo had been in possession of a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol while driving, and Kansas City Police pulled him over for speeding and failing to signal while merging into traffic. They arrested him on outstanding warrants for speeding and a suspended driver's license, and during the arrest officers saw a holstered handgun under the driver's seat and also found about 3.4 grams of methamphetamine and a glass pipe in the vehicle.
Portillo, who was alone in the vehicle, had a prior federal conviction for felony possession and a state conviction for assault, making it illegal for him to possess a gun or ammunition. He denied knowing there was a gun under the seat, telling investigators that if he knew it was there he would've had a shootout with police officers.
Portillo faces up to 10 years in a federal prison. He will be sentenced at a later date.