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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


FEBRUARY 8, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


MARSHALL MAN SENTENCED FOR ILLEGAL FIREARMS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Marshall, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing firearms.


            Charles O. Cassidy, 44, of Marshall, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, to two years and nine months in federal prison without parole.


            On Aug. 9, 2007, Cassidy pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a Marlin 30-30 rifle, a Ruger .357 magnum and a .303 bolt-action rifle. Cassidy was contacted by officers investigating a hunting accident in which a man was fatally shot on Nov. 12, 2005, at which time he was in possession of the 30-30 rifle while hunting in an area adjacent to the shooting (which a state grand jury determined was an accident). During the subsequent investigation, officers recovered the other firearms from Cassidy’s 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. Cassidy has a prior felony conviction for sodomy in Saline County, Mo.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Barnes. It was investigated by the Saline County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, 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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