Convicted felon arrested after gun found


A reported armed disturbance Wednesday resulted in the arrest of a man who had prior felony convictions after police reported finding two handguns in his car and house.

Michael Burns, 52, had previously been convicted in El Dorado on hot check charges, and in California on drug-related charges, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said in a court hearing Thursday.

Detective Sgt. Derrick Neal said in a probable-cause affidavit that police were sent to the 1800 block of East Eighth Avenue in response to the disturbance but Burns had left by the time they arrived. Neal said Burns returned and police were called back.

Burns allegedly told officers he had taken the handgun away from his wife during an altercation and they left, and also told officers the gun was in the back seat of his vehicle.

Pugh said a criminal history check on Burns indicated that he was a convicted felon and when she was asked, Burns’ wife allegedly told police there was a .45-caliber handgun in the bedroom. Police then located the gun.

Burns was not questioned after he asked for an attorney, Neal said in the affidavit.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Burns after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Kearney also ordered Burns to have no contact with his wife until the case is settled and told him to come back to court Sept. 4.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Burns.