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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD



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MAY 4, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


JOPLIN MAN SENTENCED FOR ILLEGAL FIREARMS;

RIFLE USED IN SCHOOL SHOOTING


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that the father of the student involved in a shooting at Joplin Middle School was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing several firearms and ammunition.


            Gregory Lynn White, 44, of Joplin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to 18 months in federal prison without parole. White is the father of the Joplin Middle School student who was taken into custody after allegedly firing one shot into the school’s ceiling and allegedly attempting to shoot school officials with a Norinco semi-automatic assault rifle on Monday, Oct. 9, 2006.


            On Dec. 4, 2006, White pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. White admitted that on and prior to Oct. 9, 2006, he possessed and maintained, in a locked gun cabinet in the master bedroom and kitchen of his residence, firearms and ammunition. One rifle from White’s gun cabinet was recovered on Oct. 9 at the Joplin Middle School. A later consensual search of White’s residence revealed the gun cabinet, which still contained four other rifles and two shotguns. A pistol was found in the kitchen. A large amount of ammunition was also found at the residence.


            Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. White has a 1988 criminal felony conviction for possession of methamphetamine in California and a 1980 criminal felony conviction for attempted burglary in Florida.

     This case was prosecuted by Supervisory U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the Joplin, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


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