A federal judge sentenced a Joplin woman Thursday to more than 19 years in prison on a conviction for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and drug user on parole at the time of the offense.

U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool sentenced Tracy A. Smith, 48, to 19 years and seven months without parole at a hearing in federal court in Springfield.

Smith was found guilty of the offense at a trial Sept. 25. Evidence was presented at trial that a search warrant served June 22, 2017, on her residence in Joplin by the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team turned up a loaded .22-caliber pistol in her purseas well as drug paraphernalia.

Smith was on parole at the time and prohibited from from possessing firearms and ammunition. According to the U.S. attorney's office in Springfield, she has five prior convictions for forgery, four for possession of a controlled substance and additional prior felony convictions for sale of controlled substances and assault.

Jeff Lehr is a reporter for The Joplin Globe. 

Jeff Lehr is a reporter for The Joplin Globe.