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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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FEBRUARY 16, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE

KC MAN SENTENCED FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, 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 a firearm. Today’s sentencing is a result of an investigation launched under Project Ceasefire, the district’s ongoing anti-crime initiative.


             David L. Kinney, 27, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to five years and five months in federal prison without parole.


             On Nov. 16, 2006, Kinney pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Kinney admitted that he was in possession of a Universal .30-caliber rifle on Aug. 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. Kinney has a criminal felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance in Clay County, Mo.


            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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