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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


JANUARY 4, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


INDEPENDENCE MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS

FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM


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


            John C. LaDue II, 27, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to 15 years in federal prison without parole. LaDue was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior violent felony convictions.


            On Sept. 24, 2007, LaDue was found guilty of possessing a Hi-Point .380-caliber pistol. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. LaDue has four prior felony convictions for burglary and a prior felony conviction for domestic assault.


            LaDue was arrested on Sept. 5, 2006, when Independence, Mo., police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of Willow in Independence. An officer saw LaDue run from the area where shots were fired and hide behind a vehicle in an area surrounded on three sides by a chain link fence. LaDue was placed in custody and the loaded pistol was found underneath the front of the car, near the spot where LaDue had been hiding.


            This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Venneman. It was investigated by the Independence, 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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