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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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JUNE 28, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE

KC MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS

FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM


            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 a firearm.


             Kenneth L. Murray, 25, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this afternoon to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Murray was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior drug trafficking convictions.


             On March 13, 2007, Murray pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Murray admitted that he was in possession of a Remington .22-caliber rifle, with no serial number, on June 2, 2006. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.


             Police officers arrested Murray on June 2, 2006, while executing a search warrant at his residence. Officers discovered the rifle in a bedroom, between the mattress and box springs.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jess E. Michaelsen. 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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