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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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DECEMBER 2, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


KC MAN SENTENCED TO 27 YEARS IN PRISON

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 sentenced in federal court today after being found guilty by a federal jury of illegally possessing firearms.


            Jerry W. Jenkins, 51, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to 27 years and three months in federal prison without parole. Today’s sentence was the maximum penalty recommended under the federal sentencing guidelines.


            “Project Ceasefire is designed to prevent crime and protect our community by taking guns out of the hands of felons,” said Wood. “Today’s tough sentence will keep an armed, violent felon off the street.”


            On June 24, 2008, Jenkins was convicted by a federal jury of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Evidence presented during the trial indicated that Jenkins had fired a handgun at a 17-year-old male 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 two prior felony convictions for robbery, as well as prior felony convictions for forcible sodomy, attempted robbery and armed criminal action.


            This case was 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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