MUSKOGEE -- A federal jury in Muskogee convicted an area man Wednesday on firearms charges.

U.S. Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling said Eric Nelson Bertram, 56, of Muskogee, was found guilty of felon in possession of a firearm. Bertram was indicted Feb. 14.

On Sept. 20, 2006, Bertram, a convicted felon, was stopped for speeding by the Muskogee Police Department. The officer noticed Bertram's hands were shaking, and Bertram said he was afraid of the police. During a search of Bertram's vehicle, officers found a loaded Hi-Point 9mm pistol on the front floorboard, with another loaded magazine next to it. Officers also found a vitamin bottle containing ammunition. Bertram had a loaded Davis Industries 38 special derringer in his pocket.

U.S. District Judge James H. Payne ordered Bertram detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service, pending sentencing. Sentencing will be scheduled after the preparation of a pre-sentence report. Bertram could receive up to 10 years imprisonment and/or up to $250,000 in fines.

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