Lockhart man who claimed Sutherland Springs shooting was hoax facing firearms charge
A man who confronted victims in March at the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church claiming the deadly shooting was a hoax is now facing federal charges.
54-year-old Robert Mikell Ussary of Lockhart was charged on Wednesday with convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
A federal complaint alleges that on March 5, 2018, Ussery was knowingly in possession of a silver and black semi-automatic pistol after being convicted of a felony offense.
Ussery’s criminal history includes a 1984 conviction for burglary of a vehicle in Brazoria County, for which he received a four-year prison term in the Texas Department of Corrections.
According to the complaint, on March 5, 2018, Ussery, aka “Side Thorn," accompanied by his girlfriend, aka “Conspiracy Granny," entered the property of the First Baptist Church in Southerland Springs and verbally harassed church members.
WATCH: Robert Mikell Ussary and his girlfriend “Conspiracy Granny" confront First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy, claiming the shooting was a hoax.
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The defendant and his girlfriend claimed the incident was all a hoax, that no one died as a result of the shooting incident, and that “the people” will hang a member of the church for perpetrating the hoax.
Ussery and his girlfriend captured the confrontation on their personal video recording devices that they were holding or wearing, which were seized by authorities.
If convicted, Ussery faces up to 10 years in prison.