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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


NOVEMBER 4, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


JURY CONVICTS KC MAN FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM;

FACES AT LEAST 15 YEARS IN PRISON


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., man has been convicted by a federal jury for illegally possessing a firearm.


            Monard P. Mosley, 38, of Kansas City, was found guilty on Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, of being a felon in possession of a firearm.


            A security officer at Research Hospital observed a car driven by Mosley parked in the emergency room parking lot on Oct. 13, 2006. The officer, through the hospital’s surveillance equipment, saw Mosley reach behind himself to pull a silver handgun from his waist and put it into the center console of the vehicle before entering the hospital. Mosley was detained by hospital security officers, who called the police. Kansas City police officers arrested Mosley on unrelated warrants and, during a search of his vehicle, discovered a Taurus .40-caliber pistol in the center console. The gun was loaded and cocked, with one round of ammunition in the chamber and nine others in the magazine.


            Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Mosley has a prior felony conviction for assault and three prior felony convictions for the sale of a controlled substance.


            Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated about 20 minutes before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright, ending a trial that began the same day.


            Under federal statutes, Mosley is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to life in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being 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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