Rural Polk County man takes plea deal in illegal weapons case

YORK – Lauren Bauer of rural Polk has taken a plea deal in a case where he had been charged with two Class 1D felonies, both regarding the possession of firearms despite being a convicted felon and prohibited person.

According to court documents, the York County Sheriff’s Department received information regarding Bauer’s firearm possession during an assault investigation.

The deputies asked Bauer to come to the department offices for a conversation, which he did, and court documents indicate he denied having any guns on his property. He also gave them consent to search.

Deputies indicate in the court affidavit they found ammunition in his garage, for a .243 Winchester rifle, Ruger 10-22 magazines with bullets and several rounds of .22 ammunition. When searching a shed on the property, they noted footprints leading to a camper inside the building. When they opened the door, they found a Savage .243 caliber rifle and a black Ruger 10-22 rifle.

His criminal history includes arrests and/or convictions for several offenses including homicide, fraud, theft, cruelty toward a child and felon in possession of a firearm.

He was initially charged with two Class 1D felonies which carry possible maximum sentences of 3-50 years in prison on each count.

This past week, in York County District Court, the high level felonies were reduced to Class 1 misdemeanors as part of a plea agreement. Bauer pleaded no contest to two counts of carrying a concealed weapon. He is now facing a possible maximum sentence of one year in jail for each count.

Sentencing has been set for Aug. 28.

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