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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD



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APRIL 26, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


SPRINGFIELD MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS

FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Springfield, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm.


             Robert L. Burgett, 31, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. Due to his prior violent felony convictions, Burgett was sentenced as an armed career offender.


             Burgett was arrested on June 25, 2005, when he attempted to elude a sobriety checkpoint by driving off the road near the intersection of West By-Pass and Nichols in Springfield. His vehicle got stuck, and officers used a taser to subdue him and take him into custody.


             On Dec. 21, 2006, Burgett pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Burgett admitted that he was in possession of a Lorcin 9 mm semi-automatic handgun at the time of his arrest.


             Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Burgett has a 2004 criminal felony conviction for assault on a law enforcement officer in Greene County, Mo., a 2003 criminal felony conviction for resisting arrest in Polk County, Mo., and two 1995 criminal felony convictions for stealing a motor vehicle and burglary in St. Louis County, Mo.


            This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Kelleher. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.


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