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KC Man Sentenced to 21 Years for Illegal Firearm

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 was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.


Wesley Wyatt, 59, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. Wyatt was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior felony convictions.


On Aug. 18, 2015, Wyatt was found guilty at trial of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Evidence introduced during the trial indicated that Wyatt was in possession of a Davis Industries .38-caliber two-shot derringer pistol on Sept. 18, 2013.


Kansas City police officers responded to a domestic violence call at Wyatt’s apartment on Sept. 18, 2013. The victim of the assault, Wyatt’s girlfriend, told officers that she and Wyatt were arguing when he pulled out a gun, pointed it at her, and said “If you don’t get out of my house I will kill you!” Wyatt was not in the residence when officers arrived, but returned a short time later and was arrested for domestic assault. A firearm was not located at that time.


While Wyatt was being held in the Kansas City detention unit, he called another person to go retrieve his gun from the mailbox. That person, instead, called Wyatt’s girlfriend, who then called the police to come retrieve the loaded gun.


Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Wyatt has two prior felony convictions for robbery, three prior felony convictions for distributing a controlled substance and prior felony convictions for trafficking in a controlled substance and for possessing a controlled substance.


This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin G. Davids and Jeff Q. McCarther. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Updated March 8, 2016

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