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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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OCTOBER 17, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


KC 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 a Kansas City, Mo, man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.


            Marquan L. Wilson, 32, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this afternoon to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Wilson was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior felony convictions.


            On Nov. 5, 2007, Wilson pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Wilson admitted that he was in possession of an RG Industries .38-caliber revolver on July 31, 2007.


            Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Wilson has a 2000 felony conviction for assault, a 1994 felony conviction for child abuse and a 1993 felony conviction for unlawful use of a weapon.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. 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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