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Adrian Man Sentenced for Illegal Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An Adrian, Mo., man who led law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit after shooting at another person has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm.

Christopher Good, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, to nine years in federal prison without parole.

On Sept. 19, 2018, Good pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Good admitted that he was in possession of a Taurus 9mm semi-automatic pistol on Feb. 27, 2018. Good acquired the firearm by taking it from a friend without the friend’s permission. Good engaged in a domestic dispute the same day, which ended with him driving away from a residence with a relative following him in another vehicle. Good fired gunshots at the relative, striking the vehicle the relative was driving.

Law enforcement officers tried to stop Good, but he led them on a vehicle pursuit that exceeded speeds of 90 miles per hour. Good twice avoided tire-deflation devices that the officers had positioned on the route. When officers stopped Good’s vehicle by using a special swerving maneuver, he resisted arrest by struggling with the officers. Officers subdued him by using a Taser.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Good has two prior felony convictions for assault.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Raskin. It was investigated by the Bates County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, and local law enforcement to specifically identify criminals responsible for significant violent crime in the Western District of Missouri. A centerpiece of this effort is Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. Project Safe Neighborhoods is an evidence-based program that identifies the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develops comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, Project Safe Neighborhoods focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated March 7, 2019

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