News and Press Releases

project ceasefire

KC man sentenced to 15 years for illegal firearm

January 4, 2012

            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.

            Horacio D. Hill, 46, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Hill was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior felony convictions.

            On Sept. 6, 2011, Hill pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, police officers heard shots being fired in the area of 43rd Street and Tracy in Kansas City on May 23, 2010. When they went to investigate, officers saw Hill holding a handgun. Hill fled on foot from police officers. During the chase, Hill threw a handgun into a wooded area. Officers took Hill into custody, then found the Star .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol where Hill had thrown it.

            Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Hill has prior felony convictions for attempted robbery, attempted burglary, stealing from a person, robbery, trafficking drugs and possession of a controlled substance.

            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.

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.

Return to Top

Stay Connected: Visit us on Facebook or Twitter

Facebook Twitter
Justice 101
Victim Witness Assistance

Making sure that victims of federal crimes are treated with compassion, fairness and respect.

Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee

Training and seminars for federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Project Safe Childhood

Help us combat the proliferation of sexual exploitation crimes against children.

Project Ceasefire

Our commitment to reducing gun crime in America.

Red Ribbon Week October 23-31
Community Outreach

Giving Back to the Community through a variety of venues & initatives.

Weed and Seed

Read about our programs to "Weed" out crime and "Seed" positive resources