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jury convicts KC man of firearms violations

July 22, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted in federal court today of  illegally possessing a Street Sweeper shotgun and a stolen handgun.

Ronald F. White, Jr., 32, of Kansas City, was found guilty of both counts of a Dec. 11, 2013, federal indictment.

White was convicted of possessing a Street Sweeper semiautomatic, drum-fed, 12-gauge shotgun that was not registered to him, and of possessing a Romarm/Cugir 7.62x39-caliber semiautomatic handgun that he knew had been stolen. The firearms were discovered by police officers when they executed a search warrant at the residence of White’s parents, where he sometimes stayed, on Oct. 31, 2013.

Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., deliberated for about an hour before returning the guilty verdicts to U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple, ending a trial that began Monday, July 21, 2014.

Under federal statutes, White is subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $260,000. 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 Joseph M. Marquez and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Q. McCarther. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Independence, Mo., Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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