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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 23, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE

FIFTEEN DEFENDANTS INDICTED FOR ILLEGAL FIREARMS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that 15 defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury today, in separate and unrelated cases, for illegally possessing firearms. Today’s indictments are a result of Project Ceasefire, the districts ongoing anti-crime initiative.


             * Michael A. Hutson, 25, of Blue Springs, Mo., was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Hutson, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Davis Industries .380-caliber pistol on July 15, 2006. 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.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rudolph R. Rhodes, IV. It was investigated by the Jackson County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Blue Springs, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * James L. Michael, 32, of Kingsville, Mo., was indicted for illegally possessing a firearm by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Michael, an unlawful user of methamphetamine, was in possession of a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle on Nov. 28, 2006. Under federal law, Schlozman explained, it is illegal for anyone who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.


             This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rudolph R. Rhodes, IV. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * John C. Jones, 24, of Kansas City, Mo., was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Jones, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of an Intratec 9 mm pistol on Sept. 30, 2006. 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.


             This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rudolph R. Rhodes, IV. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * Terrell Parker, 21, of Kansas City, Mo., was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Parker, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun on April 26, 2006. 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.


             This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rudolph R. Rhodes, IV. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * James L. Jackson, 23, of Kansas City, Mo., was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Jackson, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Cobra .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol on Dec. 2, 2006. 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.


             This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * Stephan L. Hudson, 27, of Kansas City, Mo., was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Hudson, having been convicted of felony crimes, was in possession of an FEG .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol on July 21, 2006. 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.


             This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * William J. Counterman, 31, of Kansas City, Mo., was indicted for being a felon in possession of firearms by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Counterman, having been convicted of felony crimes, was in possession of a Glenfield .22-caliber rifle and a Stevens .22-caliber rifle on Sept. 4, 2006. 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.


             This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. It was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * John F. Friar, 53, of Kansas City, Mo., was indicted for being a felon in possession of firearms by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Friar, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Kimber .45-caliber pistol and an Ithaca .22-caliber rifle on Sept. 29, 2005. 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.


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


             * Lonnie Austin, Jr., 32, of Kansas City, Mo., was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Austin, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Browning .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol on Jan. 9, 2007. 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.


             This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * Damion D. Cooper, 28, of Kansas City, Mo., was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Cooper, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Remington 12-gauge shotgun on Dec. 27, 2006. 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.


             This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Tabor. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * Eddie T. Cooks, 29, of Kansas City, Mo., was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Cooks, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Bryco Arms .380-caliber pistol on Aug. 21, 2006. 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.


             This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Tabor. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * George L. Gordon, 27, of Kansas City, Mo., was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Gordon, having been convicted of felony crimes, was in possession of a Sturm Ruger .357-caliber revolver on Nov. 23, 2006. 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.


             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.


             * Eric B. Raglin, 42, of Kansas City, Mo., was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Raglin, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber revolver on June 27, 2006. 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.


             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.


             * Matthew R. Capell, 23, of Kansas City, Mo., was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Capell, having been convicted of felony crimes, was in possession of a Ruger .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol on May 2, 2006. 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.


             This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Barnes. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


             * Thermond L. Ross, Jr., 21, of Kansas City, Mo., was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Ross, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Norinco .223-caliber semi-automatic rifle on Jan. 12, 2007. 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.


             This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Barnes. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.




            Schlozman cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


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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