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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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JUNE 24, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


JURY CONVICTS KC MAN FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.


            Jerry W. Jenkins, 51, of Kansas City, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.


            Evidence presented during the trial indicated that Jenkins had fired a handgun at another man on Nov. 29, 2006. The victim, who had been involved in a fight with Jenkins’ half-brother, was not injured. When police later arrested Jenkins he was carrying a plastic bag containing 13 live rounds of .25-caliber bullets in his front pants pocket. Police officers searched his residence and found a Colt .25-caliber handgun, as well as an assortment of ammunition.


            Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Jenkins has prior felony convictions for forcible sodomy, attempted robbery and armed criminal action.


            Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated less than an hour before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple, ending a trial that began Monday, June 23, 2008.


            Under federal statutes, Jenkins could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to life in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stefan C. Hughes. It was investigated by the Kansas City, 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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