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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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JUNE 20, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


KC MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL FIREARM

AFTER POINTING HANDGUN AT OFFICER,

ATTEMPTING TO FLEE


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally possessing a firearm that he pointed at a police officer while trying to flee during a traffic stop.


            Deshun L. Robinson, 25, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Thursday, June 19, 2008, to the charge contained in an April 14, 2008, federal indictment.


            By pleading guilty, Robinson admitted that he was in possession of a Bryco by Jennings .380-caliber pistol on March 24, 2008. According to the affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Kansas City police officers conducted a traffic stop on that day near 53rd and South Benton when they observed a vehicle exceed the speed limit then fail to stop at a stop sign. While the officers were conducting the traffic stop, Robinson, a front-seat passenger in the vehicle, reached over with his left foot and pressed the accelerator, attempting to drive away from the officers. One of the officers entered the vehicle to force the passenger over and to stop the subjects from fleeing. The officer was able to reach over the driver and turn the vehicle off, the affidavit says, and continued to struggle with Robinson.


            During the struggle, the affidavit says, Robinson pulled the Bryco by Jennings .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol from his pocket and pointed it at the police officer. The officer wrestled the handgun away from Robinson, and the vehicle came to a stop after crashing into a pole.


            Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Robinson has prior felony convictions for sale of a controlled substance, tampering, possession of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.


            Under federal statutes, Robinson could be 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 Paul Becker. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.


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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