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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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MARCH 26, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE

CAREER CRIMINAL SENTENCED FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, 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.


            Jarvis T. Williams, 26, address unknown, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this afternoon to 293 months in federal prison without parole.


            On Aug. 1, 2006, a federal jury found Williams guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.


            Williams was arrested on March 5, 2005, after law enforcement officers broke into a room at the Super 8 Motel in Grandview, Mo., as Williams was attempting to flee by breaking out the second floor window. Prior to Williams’ arrest, co-defendant Alex P. Davis, 44, address unknown, was arrested in a room across the hallway by Grandview police officers responding to a complaint of a strong odor of marijuana coming from the room. Davis, who admitted he had been smoking marijuana, had also rented the room in which Williams was found. When police officers attempted to open the door to that room, Schlozman said, Williams locked the door. After forcing their way into the room and arresting Williams, police officers discovered a Springfield Armory .40-caliber pistol hidden under the mattress of the bed.


            Under federal law, Schlozman explained, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Williams has 2000 criminal felony convictions for unlawful use of a weapon and attempted burglary and 1997 criminal felony convictions for burglary and distributing a controlled substance.


            Davis pleaded guilty on Aug. 24, 2005, to being a drug user in possession of a firearm. Davis admitted that he was in possession of a Norinco 7.2 mm rifle while he was an unlawful user of marijuana on March 5, 2005.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Grandview, 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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