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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 7, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS FOR CRACK COCAINE;


MURDER, ASSAULT RESULT

IN LONGER PRISON TERM


            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 possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine. Following the court’s finding that he murdered and assaulted two men while on supervised release, the statutory maximum sentence was imposed.


             Anthony D. Sisco, 29, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to 40 years in federal prison without parole.


             “This is an extremely violent and dangerous man who deserves the harshest sentence under the law,” said Wood. “We must protect our community from individuals who display such a propensity for violence and disregard for human life.”


             On July 13, 2006, Sisco pleaded guilty to being in possession with the intent to distribute five grams or more of crack cocaine. According to evidence presented during today’s sentencing hearing, Sisco and his brother, Sylvester Sisco, murdered Jacob Higgs on Oct. 16, 2006, at the Filling Station Bar, 11515 Hickman Mills Drive. In addition to shooting Higgs numerous times, Anthony Sisco also struck the second victim, Reno Dillard, on the back of the head several times with a handgun until he stopped moving. As a result, Anthony Sisco has been charged with felony offenses in Jackson County, Mo.


             A videotape from the bar’s security cameras was played during today’s sentencing hearing, portraying the argument between the Sisco brothers and their victims and the subsequent shooting and assault.


             The court granted the government’s motion to declare Anthony Sisco in breach of his plea agreement, under which he is prohibited from committing additional crimes and from possessing any firearms. The court also granted the government’s motion for an upward departure, imposing a sentence that exceeds the range of 168 to 210 months recommended by the federal sentencing guidelines.


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

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