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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 6, 2013

Kansas City Man Sentenced In Carjacking Case

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A man from Kansas City, Kan., has been sentenced on federal charges arising from a carjacking and armed robbery, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Anthony L. Irvin, 19, Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced Friday to 207 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of carjacking and one count of using a firearm in a crime of violence.

In his plea, Irvin admitted that on May 26, 2013, he and his co-defendants walked to a Stop Shop gas station at 6865 State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan., where they stole a 2004 Ford Freestar minivan. Irvin held the driver of the minivan at gunpoint while co-defendants Derrick Freeman and Terry Tillman took the driver’s wallet and keys. The defendants drove away in the minivan, with Irvin at the wheel.

When the defendants realized officers had spotted their vehicle, they led police on a 17-minute chase at speeds up to 112 miles per hour. The minivan wrecked in a plowed field near Leavenworth Road and North 184th Street in Basehor, Kan., where the defendants fled on foot. Freeman fired a handgun at a law enforcement officer before being arrested.

Co-defendant Derrick Freeman is awaiting sentencing.
Co-defendant Terry Tillman was sentenced to 10 years.

Grissom commended the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Basehor Police Department, the Edwardsville Police Department, the Bonner Springs Police Department, the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Department and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Erin Tomasic and Trent Krug for their work on the case.