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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 1, 2022

KC Man Sentenced for Illegal Firearms

Involved in Several Shootings, Including Fatality

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Missouri, man who has been involved in several shootings was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing firearms.

Zecheriah D. Stewart, 24, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to nine years in federal prison without parole.

On Jan. 20, 2021, Stewart pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms. Stewart admitted that he was in possession of a Glock .40-caliber pistol with an extended clip with 22 rounds of ammunition when he was pulled over by police officers on May 21, 2019. Stewart had a felony probation violation warrant for his arrest and was taken into custody. The firearm had been reported stolen.

Stewart also admitted that he was a passenger in an Infinity FX35 SUV, which officers attempted to stop on Oct. 11, 2019. The Infinity fled from officers, crossed a lane of traffic, sped, disregarded stop signs, and drove erratically until it crashed. Officers placed Stewart, the driver, and another passenger in custody. Officers found a Glock 9mm pistol with an extended magazine inside the vehicle and another Glock 9mm pistol about 15 feet from the vehicle.

According to court documents, in addition to these instances, Stewart was involved in at least two shootings. In the first instance, Stewart was the driver of a vehicle and parked at a gas station in Kansas City, Mo. A passenger in Stewart’s vehicle shot another man and attempted to steal his ATV. In the second instance, Stewart participated in a gunfight at the Discount Smoke & Convenience Store in Raytown, Mo., in which a person was killed. Stewart, who was wounded in the gunfight, fled to a nearby laundromat. Officers found his .45-caliber pistol in a laundry basket.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Stewart has prior felony convictions for assault (for shooting someone) and two counts of tampering with a motor vehicle.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean T. Foley. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

Project Safe Neighborhoods

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Updated March 1, 2022