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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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FEBRUARY 20, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE

KC MAN 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. Today’s sentencing is the result of a successful investigation launched under Project Ceasefire, the district’s ongoing anti-crime initiative.


            Terrell D. Wills, 26, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to nine years and two months in federal prison without parole.


            On Sept. 7, 2006, Wills pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Wills admitted that he was in possession of a Dan Wesson .357-caliber revolver on Aug. 14, 2005. Wills has previous criminal felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance, burglary in the second degree, stealing, theft-unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and unlawful use of a weapon. 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.


            This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Stefan C. Hughes. It was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol 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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