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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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MARCH 5, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


KC MAN SENTENCED TO 21 YEARS

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. Today’s sentencing is the result of a successful investigation under Project Ceasefire, the district’s ongoing anti-crime initiative.


            Reginald L. McGlothen, 38, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this afternoon to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. McGlothen was sentenced as a career offender due to his prior criminal felony convictions.


            On June 5, 2007, McGlothen was convicted at trial of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Kansas City police officers executed a search warrant at his residence on Jan. 26, 2006, at which time they recovered a V. Bernardelli .22-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. McGlothen has five prior felony convictions for burglary, a prior felony conviction for stealing and a prior felony conviction for property damage.


            This case was prosecuted by Special 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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