KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Kan., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing two firearms.
Gregory E. Mitchell, 41, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Mitchell was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.
On Dec. 10, 2013, Mitchell pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms. Mitchell admitted that he was in possession of a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver and a Taurus .38-caliber revolver with an obliterated serial number. Mitchell also pleaded guilty to being in possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Mitchell was arrested on July 8, 2013, when his vehicle was stopped by Kansas City police officers. Mitchell was wearing a shoulder holster that contained the loaded Taurus revolver. The Smith & Wesson revolver was found in his vehicle.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Mitchell has two prior felony convictions for burglary and two prior felony convictions for robbery.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Davids. 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.