A Blue Springs man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole for illegally possessing firearms, according to Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Wesley T. Frasher, 40, was sentenced as a career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.

According to reports, on Oct. 26, 2009, Frasher pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of two firearms. Frasher was arrested on March 25, 2008, following a vehicle stop. Police officers found an Amadeo Rossi .22-caliber rifle wrapped in an army coat in the back seat of his vehicle and an Arminius .22-caliber revolver in a black backpack in the trunk.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Frasher has two prior felony convictions for distributing a controlled substance and a prior felony conviction for burglary.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Clark. It was investigated by the Independence, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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.

Source: Blue Springs Journal

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