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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Tammy Dickinson
, United States Attorney
Contact: Don Ledford

KC Man Sentenced After Stealing Firearm from Vehicle at Liberty Community Center

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm that he stole from a vehicle in the parking lot of the Liberty Community Center in Liberty, Mo.
 
Jeffrey L. Ducksworth, 36, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, to six years in federal prison without parole.
 
Ducksworth pleaded guilty on Sept. 19, 2016, to being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, Ducksworth stole a Glock .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol from a car parked at the Liberty Community Center on June 30, 2015.
 
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. At the time of the theft, Ducksworth was on felony supervision through the state of Mississippi for burglary of an auto and fraudulent use of a credit card. Subsequent to this federal offense, Duckworth was convicted in state court of receiving stolen property in Clay County, Mo., and of stealing a credit card in Platte County, Mo.
 
This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph W. Vanover. It was investigated by the Liberty, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
 
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