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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

www.justice.gov/usao/mow/index.html


NOVEMBER 9, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT CEASEFIRE


KC MAN SENTENCED TO 210 MONTHS

FOR ILLEGAL FIREARM


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, 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.


            Christopher Scroggins, 31, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 210 months in federal prison without parole. Scroggins was sentenced as a career offender due to his prior felony convictions.


            Scroggins was convicted at trial on March 30, 2010, of being a felon in possession of a firearm.


            Scroggins was arrested on Nov. 26, 2008, following a car stop by Kansas City, Mo., police officers. Officers searched Scroggins’ vehicle and found a Charter Arm .44-caliber revolver hidden in a compartment under the radio area of the dashboard.


            Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearms or ammunition. Scroggins has prior felony convictions for unlawful use of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and trafficking.

 

            This case was 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.


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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