LEICESTER – A Leicester man is facing a felony weapons charge following an investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s Investigators received information on Dec. 28 that a convicted felon residing on Mount Morris Road in the town of Leicester was in possession of a handgun. Deputies and investigators arrived at the residence about 5:10 p.m. and spoke with Kody J. Heerkens, 24, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The investigation led to a search of the residence and a vehicle which revealed that Heerkens was allegedly in possession of a loaded 40mm semi-automatic pistol, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Heerkens was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony, for illegally possessing the loaded firearm.
The investigation continues and additional charges are pending.
Heerkens is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a previous felony conviction in August 2017, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Information on the conviction was not available.
Heerkens was turned over to Central Booking deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention as the offenses did qualify for pre-arraignment detention under the state Justice Reform Act. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office requested Heerkens be remanded to jail with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.
Heerkens was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of North Dansville Justice David Werth, who remanded Heerkens to the custody of the Sheriff on the recommended bail of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond pending further court proceedings.
Investigating the incident for the Sheriff’s Office were Investigator Shawn Whitford, Deputy Laszlo Babocsi and Deputy Michael Phillips. The Dansville Police Department also assisted with the investigation.