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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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AUGUST 21, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FAIR GROVE MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS

FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Fair Grove, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.


            Glen Williams, 56, of Fair Grove, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this afternoon to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Williams was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.


            On Nov. 9, 2007, Williams pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Williams admitted that he was in possession of a Marlin .22-caliber rifle and ammunition between May 8 and 9, 2006, in Webster County, Mo.


            Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Williams has two prior felony convictions for driving while intoxicated, two prior felony convictions for assault and a prior felony conviction for unlawful use of a weapon.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and COMET (the Combined Ozarks Multi-jurisdictional Enforcement Team).


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