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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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OCTOBER 30, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


JURY CONVICTS KC MAN 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 convicted by a federal jury today for illegally possessing a firearm.


             Alphonzo Henderson, 44, of Kansas City, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.


             Henderson, who has prior criminal felony convictions for assault, burglary and sodomy, was in possession of a loaded Mossberg .410-gauge shotgun. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.


             Kansas City police officers responded to a complaint of a suspicious man with a gun on Oct. 22, 2006. The calling party said that his mother and her husband, Henderson, were arguing at the residence next door and that Henderson had a gun. When the officers entered Henderson’s residence, they found him and his wife in the bedroom, with the shotgun lying on the bed.


            Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated about three hours before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith, ending a trial that began Monday, Oct. 29, 2007.


            Under federal statutes, Henderson could be subject to a mandatory sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. 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 Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Stefan C. Hughes. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and 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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