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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of Missouri

For Immediate Release

May 4, 2011

Beth Phillips, United States Attorney

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

Project Ceasefire

Jury Convicts KC Man of Illegal Firearm, Faces At Least 15 Years in Prison

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, 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 a firearm.

Joseph M. Mabery, 30, no known address, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Mabery was arrested on April 14, 2010. Kansas City police officers saw a vehicle parked behind a known drug house, and as they approached the vehicle, Mabery fled on foot. When he was apprehended, officers discovered a Davis Industries .32-caliber semi-automatic pistol in his right front pocket.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Maberry has two prior felony convictions for aggravated battery/intentional bodily harm, as well as prior felony convictions for aggravated escape and tampering.

Due to his prior felony convictions, Mabery is 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.

Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated for about 12 minutes before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Greg Kays, ending a trial that began Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

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.