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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 24, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


KC MAN SENTENCED 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 for illegally possessing a firearm.


            George L. McGill, 54, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to 10 years in federal prison without parole.


            On July 11, 2007, McGill pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. McGill admitted that he was in possession of a R.G. Industries .22-caliber revolver on Nov. 1, 2006. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. McGill has several criminal felony convictions for burglary, robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. 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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