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KC Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Firearms Following Fatal Collision, Faces 10 Years in Prison

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

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing firearms, following a high-speed car chase that ended with a collision that killed an employee of the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory.

Larneal D. Davis, 29, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to being a felon in possession of firearms. Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, the government and the defendant agree to request a sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, which is the statutory maximum. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

By pleading guilty today, Davis admitted that he possessed two firearms in the vehicle he was driving on July 6, 2013. The two firearms – a Taurus .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol and a Ruger, .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol – were discovered in Davis’s wrecked vehicle following its collision with another vehicle at 65th Street and Troost in Kansas City.

Michael Chou, a crime scene technician at the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory, was killed when his vehicle was broadsided by Davis’s vehicle while Davis was fleeing from Kansas City police officers. Davis was arrested a short distance from the accident scene after a brief pursuit on foot.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Davis has prior felony convictions for possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, carrying a firearm in connection with a drug offense and distribution of a controlled substance.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Michael Green. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.
Updated January 8, 2015