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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of Missouri

For Immediate Release

March 14, 2013

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney

Contact: Don Ledford, Public Affairs Office
(816) 426-4220

Kansas Man Sentenced to 16 Years for Illegal Firearm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.

Seab Nolen, 51, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 16 years in federal prison without parole. Nolen was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior felony convictions.

On Oct. 15, 2012, Nolen pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Williams admitted that he was in possession of an RG Industries .22–caliber revolver.

According to court documents, police officers were called to Nolen’s residence for a disturbance involving a weapon on June 3, 2012. Nolen had left the residence, but was located by police officers and arrested. Officers searched the residence and found the handgun in a blue plastic bin in the closet.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Nolen has nine felony convictions, including three prior felony convictions for theft and prior felony convictions for burglary, aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, unlawful use of a weapon by exhibiting it in an angry or threatening manner, possession of a controlled substance and domestic assault.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Project Ceasefire

Project 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.


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