Man shot in groin gets 5 years in prison for felony gun possession

Published 11:06 am Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Austin man who was shot in the groin in April was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for possessing firearms as a felon convicted of a violent crime.

Marty Lynn Morrison, 35, was arrested after police looked into an incident where Morrison was shot in his groin.



According to a court complaint, a woman told police she called Morrison to her residence on the 1200 block of Fourth Street Northwest on April 26 to help her with two men who wouldn’t leave her property. The woman said Morrison intervened, which caused a scuffle. Morrison and the witness both stated one of the two men put a gun down his pants and it discharged. The woman told police the men, who had been looking for her ex-boyfriend, fled in a black SUV and were “’cartel people’ from Mexico.”

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Yet neighbors and nearby witnesses told police they hadn’t seen a black SUV or other men. One witness told police she saw a man standing next to a car before he hobbled to a nearby truck, got in and followed the car out of the area. Another man who was working at the house since 2 p.m. Saturday said he saw the woman return home at about 4 p.m., stay for 20 minutes then leave, according to the complaint. He told police he hadn’t seen any fighting or heard any gunshots while he was at the home.

Police unsuccessfully searched for evidence around the home.

Officers later went to Morrison’s home and spotted an ammunition box near a chair. When officers asked about it, Morrison became angry and asked them to leave. They returned with a search warrant and found a Walther P99 .40-caliber handgun — which came back as stolen in a March 2013 burglary — and a Smith & Wesson .22-caliber handgun, which had a spent .22-caliber round in the chamber.

Police also found ammunition boxes, several rounds of ammunition, loaded magazines for the handguns, a handgun case and a holster.

Morrison was arrested after the search. He was convicted of two second-degree burglary charges in 1998, terroristic threats in 2006 and third-degree drug crime in 2006 — all felonies.