For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
, United States Attorney
Contact: Jim Cross
Kansas City, Kan., Man Sentenced on Project Safe Neighborhoods Firearm Charge
Kansas City Field Division
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Kansas City, Kan., man was sentenced Tuesday to 92 months in federal prison for unlawful possession of a 9 mm handgun that was used in a robbery, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.
Joshua J. Flaugher, 32, Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In his plea, Flaugher admitted that investigators seized a loaded 9 mm handgun with a 30-round extended magazine from his residence. Flaugher was arrested at his aunt’s home in the 2400 block of Everett Avenue. Because he had a prior felony conviction in Wyandotte County District Court on a charge of aggravated battery, he was prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.
Beall commended the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri Catania and Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead for their work on the case.
This prosecution was brought under Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a Justice Department program aimed at prosecuting convicted felons who violate a federal ban on possession of firearms. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide to emphasize PSN prosecutions as part of a national strategy to reduce violent crime.