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kC Man Sentenced to 10 years for illegal firearm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2012

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.

Tyron Jones, 32, of Kansas City, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The Court found Jones responsible for the March 10, 2011, murder of Raymond Pettaway.

On March 12, 2012, Jones pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. On March 10, 2011, after a night involving marijuana and PCP use, Jones used a Jimenez Arms, J.A. Nine, 9 mm semiautomatic handgun to shoot and kill Raymond Pettaway at a Kansas City, Missouri residence.  When police arrived, Pettaway’s body was found outside on a back porch.  Inside, police detected a strong smell of bleach.  Detectives and crime scene investigators later determined that the bleach had been used in an attempt to clean up blood and other evidence.  The firearm was found hidden behind a nearby church.

It is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Jones has prior felony convictions for second degree robbery and possession of cocaine.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin G. Davids. 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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