Bruce Pendlay

An Arkansas City man facing charges of felony possession of a firearm made an appearance in Cowley County District Court in Winfield Wednesday morning.

No progress was made in the case filed against Bruce Allan Pendlay, 46.

His next appearance in court has been set for Oct. 7.

Pendlay turned himself in to the county jail after a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and interference with law enforcement through false reporting of a crime.

He bonded out the same day and has remained out on bond since July 16.

If convicted of felony possession he could face up to 23 months in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 and 12 months of post release supervision.

A conviction on the interference charge could mean up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

Pendlay’s charges stem from a Jan. 31, incident where Cowley County Deputies encountered him near Kitch Road and Country Club Road in rural Winfield.

He originally claimed to have been shot by an unknown assailant in a dark colored vehicle.

Pendlay was transported to William Newton Hospital in Winfield and was transferred to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Sheriff’s deputies discovered a firearm wrapped in two plastic bags near the 2011 white Dodge Ram.

He later admitted that the gunshot had been self-inflicted and was part of a suicide attempt.

This incident happened shortly after Pendlay was accused of stolen valor by the Facebook page “Special Forces Poser Patrol.”

Stolen Valor is when a person fraudulently claims to have received any particular military decorations or awards with the intention of obtaining money, property or other benefit from convincing someone that they had rightfully received that award.

It is illegal to make fraudulent claims about military service.

The Cowley County Sheriff’s Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Highway Patrol and Winfield Police Department all assisted in the investigation.

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