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kC man pleads guilty to attempting to carry
loaded handgun onto airplane

May25 , 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to attempting to board an aircraft with a concealed dangerous weapon after a loaded handgun was discovered by screeners in his carry-on luggage at Kansas City International Airport.

Anthony Winn, 26, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to the charge contained in a Jan. 11, 2012, federal indictment.

By pleading guilty today, Winn also acknowledged that he was a felon who illegally possessed the firearm, a Glock 9mm handgun with 22 live rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one live round of ammunition in the chamber.

An x-ray machine operator at the Delta terminal at Kansas City International Airport saw Winn place his carry-on bag on the x-ray belt to be examined by Firstline Security screeners on Dec. 28, 2011. The x-ray machine operator observed on the monitor what he believed to be the image of a loaded firearm inside the carry-on bag. Officers with the Kansas City International Airport Police were contacted and found the firearm when they inspected Winn's bag.

Winn was arrested and searched; officers removed $4,906 from his pants pockets, along with boarding passes to travel one-way from Kansas City, Mo., to Minneapolis, Minn., then to Tucson, Ariz. Kansas City, Mo., police officers later found $26,515 in various pockets of three pairs of men's jeans that were in the carry-on bag.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Winn has several felony convictions including unlawful use of a weapon, attempted first degree burglary, first degree burglary and second degree burglary.

Under federal statutes, Winn is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin G. Davids. It was investigated by the Kansas City International Airport Police, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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