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Lee's Summit Man Convicted of Illegally Possessing Street Sweeper Shotgun

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

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Lee’s Summit, Mo., man was convicted in a federal bench trial today of illegally possessing a Street Sweeper shotgun.
Ronald F. White, Jr., also known as “Ron Ron,” 35, of Lee’s Summit, was found guilty of one count of possessing an unregistered Street Sweeper 12-gauge shotgun by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark at the conclusion of a bench trial that began Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

Law enforcement officers discovered numerous firearms when they executed a search warrant at the residence of White’s father and step-mother, where he occasionally stayed, on Oct. 31, 2013. The loaded Street Sweeper drum-fed 12-gauge shotgun was found in a duffel bag in the bedroom used by White when he stayed at the residence. 

Located in the same duffel bag were a loaded Smith and Wesson .357-caliber revolver, a loaded Romarm Drako 7.62 x 39mm semi-automatic pistol, a loaded Bushmaster semi-automatic carbine, a loaded Stag Arms 5.56-caliber semi-automatic rifle, and 30-round and 90-round-capacity drum magazines for use with either the Bushmaster or Stag Arms rifles.

White has multiple felony convictions in Missouri and one felony conviction in Kansas. However, all of White’s Missouri state court felony convictions resulted in suspended imposition of sentences, and that type of felony conviction cannot be used to support a prosecution for being a felon in possession of a firearm. His Kansas state court felony conviction was expunged so that conviction likewise cannot be used to support a prosecution for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Under federal statutes, White is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Marquez and Deputy U.S. Attorney Gene Porter. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Independence, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Updated November 2, 2017

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