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Columbia Man Sentenced for Illegal Firearm

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

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Columbia, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.


Jordan Daniel Smith, 23, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to four years and nine months in federal prison without parole.


On July 5, 2016, Smith pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Smith admitted that he was in possession of a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol and ammunition on Oct. 6, 2015.


Smith was arrested after he fled from Columbia police officers on Oct. 6, 2015. Smith, who was driving a 2000 Lincoln LS, was stopped for a traffic violation. When a police detective approached and instructed him to turn off his vehicle, Smith refused and sped away. Smith ran a stop sign, passed another car and drove at speeds between 70-80 mph on Columbia surface streets. Eventually Smith stopped again and was arrested.


A private citizen found the loaded handgun lying on the street along the route of the car chase.


The court found that Smith possessed the firearm in connection with another felony offense. Officers found a scale with cocaine residue in the center console of the car that Smith was driving. Officers also found marijuana and crumbs of cocaine in the vehicle.


Smith pleaded guilty in state court to resisting arrest by fleeing-creating a substantial risk of serious injury and was sentenced to four years’ custody on Aug. 22, 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. Smith has prior felony convictions for assault and armed criminal action.


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 January 25, 2017

Firearms Offenses