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
MARCH 4, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CASSVILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR MACHINE GUN,
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Cassville, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a machine gun and other firearms.
William Mansfield, 52, of Cassville, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to six years and six months in federal prison without parole.
On Nov. 1, 2007, Mansfield pleaded guilty to being a felon and an unlawful drug user in possession of firearms and ammunition, as well as illegally possessing a machine gun.
Officers from the Barry County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to Mansfield’s residence on April 23, 2006, to investigate a report of automatic weapons fire. Officers removed several firearms from Mansfield’s residence, including an Olympic Arms AR-15 rifle with a scope (along with six 30-round magazines, a bayonet and a tripod) that had been converted into a machine gun, a Ruger handgun and a Marlin 30-30 rifle.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Mansfield has prior felony convictions for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, three felony convictions related to auto thefts, and trespassing.
On May 22, 2006, Barry County deputies were dispatched to a disturbance at Mansfield’s residence. They found another person lying unconscious on the bathroom floor, along with a number of syringes that later tested positive for the presence of heroin. The following day, while executing a search warrant at Mansfield’s residence, officers recovered 26 individual packets of heroin, ammunition of various calibers, a military helmet and flak jacket, a 9 millimeter handgun and $252.
This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Barry County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force.
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