A federal jury Thursday found an Independence man guilty of illegally possessing a gun that he used to shoot his girlfriend last June.

William McGee, 43, was found guilty of felony possession of a firearm and faces at least 15 years without parole in federal prison. The jury deliberated for about 30 minutes, ending a two-day trial. He had been charged as a career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.

On June 13, 2018, Independence police officers were sent to the Great Western Motel on U.S. 24 near Missouri 291 when a motel guest reported hearing gunfire. The caller said the suspected shooter was driving west on U.S. 24, according to court documents. Officers found the suspect vehicle in a nearby driveway, and McGee was standing beside the vehicle. When he saw officers he reached behind his back, pulled out a 9mm handgun and threw it over the vehicle. McGee was arrested on an active domestic assault warrant, and the officers found the gun still had one round.

McGee's girlfriend, standing beside him, said McGee had shot her outside their camper home at that location and was wounded in the buttocks. Police said that day the wound was “through-and-through” and not serious. Officers found multiple 9mm rounds of ammunition in the camper.

McGee had several prior felony convictions for delivering, distributing and possessing a controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon. The cast was investigated by Independence Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.