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KC Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Illegal Firearm

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

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.

Hubert Carter, 38, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Carter was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.

On June 7, 2018, Carter pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Carter admitted he was in possession of a loaded Cobra Arms .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun at the time of his arrest on Feb. 21, 2017.

Carter was a passenger on that date in a vehicle that was stopped by Kansas City, Mo., police officers. Carter fled from the vehicle on foot and a police officer pursued him. During the foot chase, Carter refused to stop and continually held onto the front of his waistband. He lost his balance and fell down as he ran down a hill. Carter dropped the handgun as he fell. At the bottom of the hill, the officer grabbed Carter, who attempted to punch the officer. Carter was eventually subdued and arrested.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Carter three prior felony convictions for sale of a controlled substance, two prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance, two prior felony convictions for escape from a  federal correctional institution, and prior felony convictions for trafficking and distribution of crack cocaine.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Moeder. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

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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.

Updated December 7, 2018

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