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Columbia Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Illegal Firearms

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

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Columbia, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing eight firearms.

Adrian Lamont Levy, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 12 years and four months in federal prison without parole.

On April 9, 2018, Levy pleaded guilty to three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Levy admitted that he was in possession of a Ruger 9mm pistol on July 4, 2015. Levy admitted that he was in possession of six firearms on Sept. 2, 2015, including a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol, a Kel Tec 9mm rifle, a Century Arms rifle, an SWD pistol, a Glock 9mm pistol and a Metro Arms .45-caliber pistol. Levy admitted that he was in possession of a Kel Tec 5.56-caliber pistol on Nov. 28, 2016.

Levy, who was a fugitive from justice following his original indictment, was confronted by federal authorities in a parking garage in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 28, 2016. Levy drove through the parking garage, attempting to flee from the officers, but the exits were blocked. Levy got out of his vehicle, which was still in gear and struck another vehicle owned by his girlfriend. He was eventually apprehended after a foot chase. Officers searched the vehicle Levy had been driving and found the Kel Tec handgun, loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition in a high-capacity magazine, inside a backpack.

Levy was originally indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm on Aug. 19, 2015, after law enforcement officers found the loaded Ruger 9mm pistol in the glovebox of his car during a sobriety check point. When officers went to his residence to arrest him, he was not present, but the six loaded firearms that he later admitted to possessing were discovered at the residence. Levy was charged with possessing the six additional firearms in a superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Oct. 28, 2015.

Levy was a fugitive from justice from the time of the original indictment on Aug. 19, 2015, to the time of his arrest on Nov. 28, 2016. He was charged with illegally possessing the Kel Tec pistol in a second superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Dec. 7, 2016. 

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Levy has two prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance, as well as prior felony convictions for distribution of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Columbia, Mo., Police Department.

Updated July 23, 2018

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