Kansas City man receives federal sentence for firearm possession
Conviction of a federal crime can mean consequences extending beyond jail time and fines. It can mean that a convicted felon loses rights granted to other residents of Kansas. One example of this is the right to own a fire arm.
A Kansas City man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison without parole as a result of being a felon in possession of a fire arm and fatally shooting a man. In addition to facing state court charges related to the victim’s death, the man was charged with a violation of a federal statute known as the Armed Career Criminal Act. The act makes it a federal crime for individuals who have been previously convicted of a felony to possess any firearms or ammunition. The statute provides for a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for anyone found guilty of a violation.
Prior to the shooting, the man had been tried and convicted for selling a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance and stealing. All three of these convictions are felonies in the state of Kansas. The suspects plead guilty to violating the federal statute’s prohibition on the possession of firearms. The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, located in Kansas City, handed down the relatively lengthy prison sentence.
The prior offenses that make a person subject to the federal law are convictions for any state felony crime. As this case demonstrates, alleged violations of federally legislated statutes are serious, and the possible penalties can be significant. For anyone facing federal charges, it is important to have an attorney experienced in federal criminal defense to advocate for his or her interests.