Missouri man charged in 4 motel deaths guilty of gun charge

Gavel on desk in courtroom

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A man charged with fatally shooting four people at a Missouri motel has been convicted of a federal gun charge.

Scott Goodwin-Bey, 49, was found guilty Tuesday of being a felon in possession of a firearm, The Springfield News-Leader reported (http://sgfnow.co/2dUEHjt ). He faces up to 10 years in prison on the gun conviction, according to prosecutors. A sentencing hearing hasn’t been scheduled.

Goodwin-Bey is due to stand trial in state court in January on four charges of first-degree murder on Nov. 15, 2014, killings at an Economy Inn in Springfield.

In court documents, authorities allege that Goodwin-Bey believed the victims had told police about his drug use. Three victims died at the scene and the fourth died several days later.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Goodwin-Bey walked into a convenience store about two weeks after the attack and set a gun down on the counter before leaving. The store manager called 911 and police arrested Goodwin-Bey in the area with ammunition on the floor of his vehicle. The gun was the one used in the attacks, prosecutors say.

County prosecutors have said they will not seek the death penalty.