Sleeping man arrested on gun charge


A report that a man was asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle with the engine running on the parking lot of a liquor store Saturday resulted in the man’s arrest after police reported seeing a gun in the vehicle.

Kelsey Green, 33, is a convicted felon who is on parole, and should not have had the gun, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Green on Monday.

Detective Sam Atkinson said in a probable cause affidavit that officers saw the handgun in plain sight between the passenger seat and center console of the vehicle, which was parked at a store in the 1300 block of South Blake Street on Saturday afternoon.

Kizer said the Department of Correction had issued an absconder warrant for Green for allegedly violating conditions of his parole, and Green was also arrested on that charge.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Green after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Even though a bond was set for Green on the gun charge, Bridgforth told him that he would not be able to post that bond because of the absconder warrant, and he would be held until a hearing is set regarding the absconder warrant.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Green and he was told to come back to court on the gun charge April 29.