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Guilty Plea Could Result In Life Sentence for Convicted Felon

Rustin Chase McKinsey shot a man in the leg on September 4, 2020, in Beaumont. The Beaumont Police Department was called to the scene and discovered Cody Guedry sitting on his front porch with a gunshot wound and a towel wrapped around his leg. The victim’s roommate told the police he woke up to arguing and saw the two men on the front porch. He then witnessed McKinsey fire his gun twice at Guedry before fleeing. When officers arrived, the victim told them he owed money for the methamphetamine he previously purchased, and that’s what they were arguing about.

On October 9, 2020, police responded to another shooting at the same house involving the same victim. Guedry had been shot this time in the back over the same debt he owed for the drugs he had purchased. Officer Haley Morrow from the Beaumont Police Department stated in a news release that the shooting happened around 7:32 a.m., and they arrived to find Guedry in his front yard. He was taken to a hospital and survived.

McKinsey was found not far from Guedry’s home the same day. Officers arrested and charged him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He had already been previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance back in 2017, meaning he was prohibited from possessing or owning a firearm.

McKinsey admitted to shooting Guedry in both incidents upon his arrest. He told police that the victim owed him money for drugs, and that’s why he shot him during each altercation. He pled guilty on January 7, 2021, to federal drug trafficking charges and a firearms violation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Beaumont Police Department are currently investigating this case. According to U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox, McKinsey could face a life sentence in federal prison if convicted of these crimes.

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