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JUNE 2, 2009




            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Matt J. Whitworth, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for the armed robbery of a credit union and, in a separate and unrelated case, for illegally possessing a firearm after shooting into a vehicle that was occupied by a woman and her infant child.

            Yacub E. Williams, 24, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to 11 years and nine months in federal prison without parole.

            On Jan. 28, 2009, Williams pleaded guilty to robbing a credit union and brandishing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Williams also pleaded guilty to an earlier federal indictment that charged him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

            On May 28, 2008, Williams and co-defendant Theotis Muhammad, 25, of Kansas City, Mo., entered the United Labor Credit Union, 6320 Manchester, Kansas City, Mo. Muhammad entered the lobby first, asked for a bathroom key and determined that there were no other customers in the lobby. After Muhammad left the lobby, Williams, who had covered his face, entered the lobby, approached a teller and displayed a handgun. Williams handed the teller a pillowcase and demanded that she put money from her cash drawer into the pillowcase. The teller placed $2,224 from her drawer into the pillowcase and handed it back to him. Williams then fled with the cash.

            Muhammad was convicted by a federal jury on Sept. 30, 2008, of his role in the armed robbery. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 9, 2009.

            In a separate and unrelated case, Williams also admitted that he was in possession of a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber pistol on Sept. 14, 2006. Officers were dispatched to the President Gardens Apartment complex that day on a report of a shooting. Prior to arriving at the scene, the officers were informed that the shooters had fled the scene in a green Dodge Neon. Witnesses informed the officers that a man later identified as Williams, a passenger in the vehicle, had fired numerous shots at a white Grand Prix. The Grand Prix had been occupied by a woman and her infant child, who were not injured.

            While executing a search warrant at Williams’ residence the next day, officers found the pistol in an attic space above Williams’ bedroom. The gun was loaded with seven 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. Williams has a 2004 felony conviction for assault.

            These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul S. Becker and D. Michael Green. They were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


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