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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

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


AUGUST 22, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


JURY CONVICTS KC MAN OF ILLEGAL FIREARMS,

CRACK COCAINE


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted in federal court for illegally possessing firearms and for distributing crack cocaine.


             Anthony J. Thompson, 49, of Kansas City, was found guilty on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Thompson was also found guilty of distributing crack cocaine and of carrying a firearm in relation to distributing a controlled substance.


             Thompson was in possession of a Smith & Wesson .44-caliber revolver, an FEG 9mm pistol and a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver, and numerous rounds of ammunition. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Thompson has at least three violent felony criminal convictions, which would qualify him to be sentenced as an armed career offender.


            Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated less than two hours before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright, ending a trial that began Monday, Aug. 20, 2007.


             Thompson was arrested on Oct. 25, 2006. Officers found the firearms and ammunition in a bedroom during a search of his residence following a controlled drug transaction.


            Under federal statutes, Thompson could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 22 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole. 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 Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Venneman and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Clark. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and 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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