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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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SEPTEMBER 11, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


KC MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON

FOR ILLEGAL FIREARMS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing two firearms. Today’s sentencing is the result of a successful investigation under Project Ceasefire, the district’s ongoing anti-crime initiative.


             Andre L. Jones, 35, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this afternoon to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Jones was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior violent felony convictions.


             On Sept. 19, 2006, Jones pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms. Jones admitted that he was in possession of a L’Ellene .32-caliber revolver and an SKS 7.62 rifle. Those firearms were found in the vehicle Jones was driving at the time of his arrest on Sept. 4, 2005.


            This case was 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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