KC man sentenced to 17 years for illegal firearm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – David M. Ketchmark, Acting 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.
Tyrone Harris, 46, of Kansas City, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Gary Fenner to 17 years and 6 months in federal prison without parole. Harris has 12 prior felony convictions, including eight for burglary. Because his prior felonies made him an Armed Career Criminal, Harris was subject to a mandatory sentence of at least 15 years.
On February 3, 2012, Harris pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. On January 29, 2011, police arrested Harris after finding him asleep on a bench in the Greyhound bus station lobby. The officers then discovered a .380 caliber pistol in Harris’s right front pants pocket.
It is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.
This case was 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.
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.