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Convicted felon allegedly tried to buy a gun and lied about his criminal record

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RACINE — A convicted felon allegedly tried to buy a gun from a sporting good store and lied about his criminal record.

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Damien C. Wess, 21, of the 5200 block of 52nd Street, Kenosha, was charged with a felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and a misdemeanor count of handgun transfer where buyer gives false information.

According to a criminal complaint:

On May 18, an investigator was assigned to look into an attempted purchase of a firearm at Dunham's Sports, 5600 Durand Ave. The transaction was denied on May 14 and the buyer was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Damien Wess

Wess

The Racine County Sheriff's Office learned that the buyer was Wess, who has a Wisconsin criminal history with adjudicated convictions. On Aug. 24, 2015, Wess was convicted for possessing a dangerous weapon at school; on Sept. 2 that same year he was convicted of burglary with a dangerous weapon. 

Surveillance footage showed Wess enter the store on May 10, arrive at the gun counter at about 7:49 p.m. and handle three firearms. He completed paperwork for the background check and wrote that he had never been convicted of a felony. 

Wess was given a $1,000 signature bond in Racine County Circuit Court on Monday. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 26 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave., online court records show.

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