KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm that was involved in a triple homicide last year.
Anthony Walker, 46, of Kansas City, was sentenced on Monday, April 29, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to 30 years in federal prison without parole. Walker was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.
On Aug. 1, 2012, Walker pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Walker admitted that he sold a Hi-Point semi-automatic .40-caliber handgun and a box of ammunition to a confidential law enforcement source for $200 on Jan. 26, 2012. According to court documents, the firearm and ammunition was sent to the Kansas City Regional Crime Lab for examination. Lab results indicated that the handgun matched ballistic evidence taken from the scene of a triple homicide that occurred on Jan. 16, 2012. The results also indicated that the firearm was the same gun used to kill three individuals. The Winchester ammunition purchased from Walker matched the casings recovered at the scene of the triple homicide.
Walker was arrested on Feb. 1, 2012. Court documents state that the shoes Walker was wearing when arrested matched shoe impressions taken from inside the residence where two of the three killings occurred.
On July 17, 2012 Walker was charged in a separate case in the Circuit Court of Jackson County with three counts of first degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action and one count of burglary.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Walker has two prior felony convictions for burglary and prior felony convictions for stealing, escape, unlawful use of a weapon, forgery and robbery.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Rhoades. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Project CeasefireProject Ceasefire, launched in October 1999, is a cooperative initiative by federal and local law enforcement and the Kansas City Crime Commission that targets for federal prosecution persons who unlawfully use or possess firearms.