For Immediate Release
KCK Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Illegal Firearm, Threats
Threatened Officers in Confrontation at Bolling Federal Building
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Kan., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm and making threats following a confrontation with law enforcement officers at the Richard Bolling Federal Building.
James E. Everett, Jr., 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 15 years in federal prison without parole.
On Jan. 8, 2018, Everett was found guilty at trial of threatening a federal law enforcement officer, forcibly resisting a federal law enforcement officer, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Everett arrived at the Richard Bolling Federal Building, 601 E. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo., at about 8:30 a.m. on March 10, 2016. He parked in an emergency vehicle-only parking space on 12th Street. At the building’s lobby entrance, Everett began yelling and demanded to speak to a federal judge. Four Federal Protective Service officers responded and encountered Everett on federal property, approximately 10 yards from the entrance. During the encounter, Everett threatened the officers, stating that he was going to “blow (their) brains out.” The officers then attempted to arrest Everett who fought them as they attempted to put him in handcuffs. It took all four FPS officers, as well as two Kansas City, Mo., police officers who responded to the scene, to restrain Everett.
During his arrest, Everett attempted to bite one FPS officer and spit on another. Three FPS officers received medical treatment following the encounter. After identifying the car in which Everett had arrived, a police officer found a loaded Ruger 9mm pistol underneath the driver’s seat.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Everett has prior felony convictions for aggravated robbery and arson.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey Q. McCarther and Courtney R. Pratten. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Protective Service.