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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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AUGUST 20, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


KC MAN CHARGED WITH 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 charged in federal court today with illegally possessing a firearm.


             Ronald S. Shephard, 22, of Kansas City, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.


             Today’s federal criminal complaint alleges that Shephard, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Glock .40-caliber pistol. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who is convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Shephard has criminal felony convictions for tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest in Platte County, Mo.


             According to an affidavit filed in support of the complaint, Shephard was arrested on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, by police officers who had been maintaining surveillance at the Lawrence A. Jones Funeral Home at Linwood and Woodland in Kansas City, during the funeral of Deandre Clay. Officers observed a 2007 Dodge Charger, driven by Shephard, in the procession that left the funeral home. According to the affidavit, Shephard was driving the vehicle in an erratic manner, weaving in and out of traffic.


             Officers detained three vehicles that stopped together at a gas station at 9013 E. 40 Hwy., Independence, Mo., including three other persons in Shephard’s vehicle and seven persons in the other two vehicles. A loaded Glock .40-caliber pistol was located on the driver’s floorboard of Shephard’s vehicle, the affidavit says, and a loaded Star 9 mm semi-automatic pistol was located on the passenger floorboard. During the search of Shephard’s vehicle, the affidavit says, officers also found a Smith and Wesson 9 mm semi-automatic pistol.


            Wood cautioned that the charge contained in the complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.


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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