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Topeka man enters guilty plea in May double shooting case

October 23, 2013

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Steven Michael Gigger

Steven Michael Gigger

One of two Topeka men charged in a May 19 Lawrence shooting that left two men in critical condition pleaded guilty to federal gun charges this week.

Steven Michael Gigger, 29, pleaded guilty to federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Gigger and Erick Shakeel Smith, 20, were arrested one day after the shooting of two other Topeka men, Tommy D. Andrews, 33, and Michael A. Holford, 27, in the 800 block of Greever Terrace.

Gigger was charged in Douglas County District Court with one count of misdemeanor battery and one count of criminal possession of a firearm. In federal court, Gigger was charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, one count of unlawful possession of ammunition and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm with the serial number obliterated. If convicted, Gigger faced up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The two sides have entered into a plea agreement that requires GIgger to forfeit all firearms and ammunition named in the indictment and seized during the investigation. Gigger was convicted of aggravated robbery in 2002 in Shawnee County District Court and was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2008. In 2012, Gigger was convicted of making criminal threats.

As part of the plea agreement, the parties propose a sentence of 67 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release and no fine.

Smith is scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court on Nov. 8 for sentencing. He pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in September.

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