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A Keyesport man faces felony charges for both possession and shooting a firearm.
The office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison last Wednesday filed information charging Rick J. Daniels with aggravated discharge of a firearm.
Daniels is also charged with illegally possessing a weapon, due to the fact that he has been convicted of felony driving under the influence of alcohol.
Daniels was charged with the felony offenses after a Fayette County sheriff’s deputy responded to a residence in rural Keyesport for a report of shots being fired.
Authorities learned that Daniels had been arguing with a family member, and that when the argument escalated, the family member began to leave the residence.
At that point, authorities allege, Daniels fired several shots from a .22-caliber rifle “in the direction of” the family member and a girlfriend.
Aggravated discharge of a firearm is a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, or up to 30 years for individuals eligible for an extended term.
The charge of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon is a Class 3 felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. According to court records, Daniels pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in December 2008 and was placed on probation for two years.
Fayette County Public Defender Ed Potter has been appointed to represent Daniels.