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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Missouri

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Tammy Dickinson
, United States Attorney
Contact: Don Ledford, Public Affairs

Jury Convicts KC Man of Illegal Firearms

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

Thomas L. Lynch, 50, of Kansas City, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of firearms.

Evidence introduced during the trial indicated that Lynch was in possession of a Desert Eagle .380-caliber pistol that had been reported as stolen, a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver and a Lorcin .22-caliber pistol on May 11, 2015.

Kansas City, Mo., police officers responded to a local motel on May 11, 2015, on a report of a suspicious party armed with a gun. The person who called the police told officer that he was in the parking lot when he saw the front door of Lynch’s motel room standing open. When Lynch saw him, he came to the door with two guns in his hands. Lynch held the guns up to his mouth and kissed the tip of both barrels while staring at him, which the caller perceived as a threat.

Lynch, who was on parole for assaulting a law enforcement officer and receiving stolen property, had four outstanding Kansas City warrants as well as an outstanding Independence, Mo., stop order for robbery. Officers had a motel employee call Lynch’s room and request that he respond to the office. When Lynch arrived at the office he was placed under arrest for his numerous outstanding warrants.

Officers also contacted two women who were in the motel room. One of them had the three firearms in her purse.

Under federal statutes, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Lynch has two prior felony convictions for assault on a law enforcement officer, six prior felony convictions for tampering with a motor vehicle, three prior felony convictions for receiving stolen property, two prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance and prior felony convictions for stealing, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, resisting arrest and resisting arrest by creating a substantial risk of death or serious injury.

Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., deliberated for about three hours before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes, ending a trial that began Monday, Aug. 24, 2015.

Under federal statutes, Lynch may be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. 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 Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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