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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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JULY 20, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


KC MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS

FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced to federal prison today for illegally possessing a firearm.


             Anyanso J. Agwu, also known as Anyanso J. Okekeagwu, 25, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., this morning to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. Agwu was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior narcotics convictions.


             On March 5, 2007, Agwu pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Agwu was arrested on Oct. 31, 2006, after fleeing from police officers who attempted to stop him while he was driving a Chrysler 300 southbound on Wheeling Street in Kansas City with a juvenile passenger. Agwu’s vehicle struck two parked cars and a chain link fence before stopping. Officers found a Glock .40-caliber pistol on the floorboard behind the driver’s seat.


             Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

 

Project Ceasefire

            Project Ceasefire, launched in October 1999, is a cooperative initiative by federal and local law enforcement and the Kansas City Crime Commission that targets for federal prosecution persons who unlawfully use or possess firearms.



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