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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

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


BLUE SPRINGS MAN SENTENCED TO 27 YEARS

FOR POSSESSING AMMUNITION


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Blue Springs, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for being a felon in possession of ammunition.


            Demario B. Griffin, 27, of Blue Springs, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to 27 years and three months in federal prison without parole. Griffin, who was sentenced as a career criminal, received the maximum sentence under the federal sentencing guidelines.


            Griffin was arrested by Blue Springs police officers on May 13, 2006, when they responded to a disturbance call at his residence. The officers found that Griffin had assaulted his girlfriend, who said he also threatened to kill her with a pistol while she was holding their 10-week-old child. While searching for the firearm, officers found 82 rounds of .45-caliber ammunition in Griffin’s bedroom closet.


            Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Griffin has two previous felony convictions for domestic assault and two previous felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.


            On July 16, 2007, Griffin was convicted following a bench trial of being a felon in possession of ammunition.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Y. Tabor. It was investigated by the Blue Springs, 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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