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Kansas City Man Found Guilty
In String of Armed Robberies



Sept. 15, 2011

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Kansas City, Mo., man has been convicted on federal charges stemming from a string of armed robberies, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

A jury found Abasi S. Baker, 32, Kansas City., Mo., guilty on 21 counts including seven counts of robbery, seven counts of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and seven counts of brandishing a firearm during a robbery.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence Baker committed seven robberies including:

Jan. 6: Payday Loans, 7636 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
Jan. 10: Radio Shack, 7612 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
Jan. 12: Payday Loans, 10327 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kan.
Jan. 16: Dollar Store, 8144 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.
Feb. 16: Check Into Cash, 11044 Quivira, Overland Park, Kan.
Feb. 22: Check Into Cash, 15241 W. 135th, Olathe, Kan.
March 3: Radio Shack, 6945 W. 75th, Overland Park, Kan.

Co-defendant Mark R. Davis is awaiting trial.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 15. Baker faces the following penalties:

Armed robbery: A maximum penalty of 20 years without parole in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
Brandishing a firearm in a robbery: Not less than seven years and not more than life without parole and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
Unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.

Grissom commended the following agencies for their work on the case:
The FBI and the FBI Violent Crimes/Fugitive Task Force
The Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The Kansas City, Mo., Police Department
The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department
The Overland Park Police Department
The Olathe Police Department
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
The St. Joseph, Mo., Police Department
The Lee’s Summit, Mo., Police Department
The Mission, Kan., Police Department
Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead, who is prosecuting the case.



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