Jefferson City man sentenced to three years in prison on weapons charge

A Jefferson City man is sentenced to three years in prison on a weapons charge after accidentally shooting himself.

Forrest Hoppe, 32, pleaded guilty last week to one count of unlawful use of a weapon.  In exchange for his plea, two charges of second-degree attempted domestic assault, three counts of armed criminal action and one other count of unlawful use of a weapon were dropped.  He was sentenced to three years in prison with credit for time served. 

In September of 2022, Cole County deputies were called to the 4000 block Randall Drive to investigate a weapons incident.  A victim told police that he was taking Hoppe home when they began arguing about several guns Hoppe had in the house, where they both live.  He said as Hoppe exited the vehicle, he pulled out a pistol and dropped it.  As the two struggled over the gun, it went off, hitting Hoppe in the upper thigh. 

Court records show that Hoppe has an extensive criminal history that includes prior arrests for assaults, rape, and weapons charges.