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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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JULY 11, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL FIREARM


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing a firearm.


            George L. McGill, 54, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to the charge contained in a November 14, 2006, federal indictment.


            By pleading guilty today, McGill admitted that he was in possession of a R.G. Industries .22-caliber revolver on November 1, 2006. Under federal law, Wood explained, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. McGill has several criminal felony convictions for burglary, robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.


            Under federal statutes, McGill could be subject to a sentence of no less than 15 years imprisonment up to a sentence of life in federal prison, 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 Paul Becker. 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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