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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BETH PHILLIPS


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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MAY 6, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


THIRTEEN MEN INDICTED FOR ILLEGALLY

POSSESSING FIREARMS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 13 men were indicted by a federal grand jury this week, in separate and unrelated cases, for illegally possessing firearms.


            * Doyle K. King, 37, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. The indictment alleges that King was in possession of a Taurus .38-caliber pistol on March 10, 2010.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Firearms Task Force of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


            * Julio M. Calderon, 22, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. The indictment alleges that Calderon was in possession of a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol on April 12, 2010. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Calderon on April 13, 2010.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Firearms Task Force of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


            * Lance D. Jones, 25, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. The indictment alleges that Jones was in possession of a US Revolver Co., .38-caliber revolver on Aug. 27, 2009.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Firearms Task Force of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


            * Nicholas A. Stewart, 29, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. The indictment alleges that Stewart was in possession of a Remington 12-gauge shotgun on April 27, 2010. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Stewart on April 28, 2010.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Firearms Task Force of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


            * Gary E. Nugent, 30, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. The indictment alleges that Nugent was in possession of a Springfield Armory .45-caliber pistol and eight rounds of ammunition on April 25, 2010.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jess E. Michaelsen. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


            * Eric D. Shaw, 22, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. The indictment alleges that Shaw was in possession of a Hi-Point 9 mm pistol on Jan. 4, 2010.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Michael Green. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


            * Joseph M. Mabery, 29, of the Kansas City, Mo., area, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. The indictment alleges that Mabery was in possession of a Davis Industries .32-caliber pistol on April 14, 2010.


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


            * Jason D. Hawkins, 32, of Kansas City, Kan., was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. The indictment alleges that Hawkins was in possession of a Davis Industries semi-automatic pistol on Feb. 12, 2010.


            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.


            * Wendell R. Sherman, 26, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. The indictment alleges that Sherman was in possession of a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber pistol on Dec. 21, 2009.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Barnes. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


            * Michael B. Lawrence, 30, of Rushville, Mo., was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. The indictment alleges that Lawrence was in possession of a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol on Nov. 23, 2009.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Barnes. It was investigated by the Buchanan County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


            * Shane A. Parrish, 35, of Waverly, Mo., was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. The indictment alleges that Parrish was in possession of seven rifles and two shotguns on Jan. 15, 2010.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Y. Tabor. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


            * Jason Lee Harris, 24, of St. Joseph, Mo., was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. The indictment alleges that Harris was in possession of a Hi-Point .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol and ammunition on April 5, 2010.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Ambrose, Jr. It was investigated by the St. Joseph, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


            * Dominique G. Alvarez, 23, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. The indictment alleges that Alvarez was in possession of an SKS 7.62x39 assault rifle and ammunition on March 25, 2010.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Ambrose, Jr. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


            Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.


            Phillips cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


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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