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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


MARCH 6, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


TWO ARMED CAREER OFFENDERS SENTENCED

FOR ILLEGAL FIREARMS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that two Kansas City, Mo., men were sentenced in federal court today in separate and unrelated cases involving illegally possessing firearms. Today’s sentencings were the result of successful investigations under Project Ceasefire, the district’s ongoing anti-crime initiative.


            Each of the defendants was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior violent felony convictions.


             * Anthony J. Thompson, 50, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this morning to 28 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.


             On Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, Thompson was convicted at trial of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Thompson was also found guilty of distributing crack cocaine and carrying a firearm in relation to that drug-trafficking crime. Thompson was in possession of a Smith & Wesson .44-caliber revolver, an FEG 9mm pistol and a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver, and numerous rounds of ammunition.


             Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Thompson has at least three violent felony criminal convictions, including robbery, stealing from a person and assault with a firearm. Thompson was arrested on Oct. 25, 2006, when police officers found the firearms and ammunition in a bedroom during a search of his residence following a controlled drug transaction.


            This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Venneman and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Clark. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.


             * Anthony D. Perkins, 28, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this morning to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.


             On Sept. 6, 2007, Perkins pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Perkins was in possession of a New England Firearms .32-caliber revolver, which police officers found in his vehicle when he was arrested on April 14, 2007.


             Perkins has four prior felony convictions for auto thefts (tampering) as well as prior felony convictions for robbery and stealing.


             This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Independence, 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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