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
DECEMBER 22, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
Jeremy E. Peterman, 31, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. Peterman was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his multiple felony convictions for crimes of violence.
On April 4, 2008, Peterman pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Peterman was arrested following a traffic stop near 24 Highway and Brookside on June 10, 2007. Peterman, the driver of the car, initially gave the Independence police officer a driver’s license with another person’s name and photograph. When confronted by the officer, Peterman gave the officer his 2004 Oceans of Fun passport with his photograph.
As the officer started walking back to Peterman’s car, Peterman jumped out of the car and began running north on Brookside. The officer noticed that Peterman was carrying a white and red bandana. Peterman slipped and fell on the west pavement and was pinned to the ground by the police officer, who saw the bandana on the ground next to him. Inside the bandana was a Bryco Arms .25-caliber pistol.
In a search of Peterman at the time of his arrest, the police officer found 6.5 grams of methamphetamine, 10 Xanax pills and digital scales.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Peterman has five prior felony convictions for burglary, three prior felony convictions for stealing, and prior felony convictions for robbery and tampering with a motor vehicle.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. It was investigated by the Independence, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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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