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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

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JANUARY 9, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE

WEST PLAINS MAN CONVICTED

OF ILLEGAL FIREARMS


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a West Plains, Mo., man was convicted in federal court today for illegally possessing several firearms and ammunition.


            William Thomas Howell, 50, of West Plains, was found guilty following a bench trial before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple of possessing firearms and ammunition after a prior conviction of misdemeanor domestic violence.


             On Dec. 17, 2004, Howell was in possession of two Norinco SKS rifles with ammunition, a Marlin .22-caliber rifle, a Remington Scoremaster rifle, a box of 18 rounds of Norinco ammunition, and a box of 20 rounds of Norinco ammunition. Under federal law, Schlozman explained, it is illegal for anyone who has a conviction for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Howell has a 1998 domestic violence conviction in Howell County, Mo.


            Under federal statutes, Howell could be subject to a sentence of up to 10 years 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 Assistant U.S. Attorney Rose A. Barber. It was investigated by the Howell County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

 

Project Ceasefire

            Project Ceasefire is a cooperative initiative by federal and local law enforcement that targets for federal prosecution persons who unlawfully use or possess firearms.



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