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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html



FEBRUARY 14, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE

JURY CONVICTS KC MAN FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM,

CRACK COCAINE


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today for illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition and for distributing crack cocaine.


            Robert A. Blaylock, 44, of Kansas City, was found guilty of the charges contained in an Oct. 18, 2006, federal indictment. Blaylock was convicted of being a felon in possession of a Bryco 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and 39 rounds of 9 mm ammunition on Sept. 16, 2004. Under federal law, Schlozman explained, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Blaylock has prior criminal felony convictions for two counts of selling cocaine in 2002, drug trafficking in 1994, making a false statement in 1989 and attempted theft in 1982.


            Blaylock was also found guilty today of distributing crack cocaine on Aug. 30, 2004.


            Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated about two hours before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, ending a trial that began Monday, Feb. 12, 2007.


            Under federal statutes, Blaylock could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to life imprisonment, plus a fine up to $2.5 million. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.


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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