KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Kansas City, Kan., man who was wounded in a gun battle has been sentenced to prison on a federal firearms charge, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Jomar Ivory, 28, Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced to 94 months. Ivory pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. In his plea, he admitted on Aug. 14, 2011, he and co-defendant Lee Hill were pulling into a driveway at 2622 N. 54th Street in Kansas City, Kan., when an unknown assailant began firing at them from across the street. Both men were wounded by the gunfire. Hill fled on foot. Ivory got behind the wheel and drove off.
A few minutes later, a Kansas City, Kan., police officer spotted their car driving without headlights north on 53rd. The vehicle was riddled with bullet holes and most of the windows had been shot out. An officer tried to stop the car but it sped away, leading police on a chase that ended in a wooded area where the driver escaped on foot.
Ivory was arrested when he returned to 2622 N. 54th with obvious gunshot wounds. Hill was arrested two hours later when he went to Kansas University Medical Center for treatment of his wounds.
Forensic examination identified Ivory's blood on two weapons found in the car, a Norinco SKS rifle and a 12 gauge Mossberg shotgun. Ivory, who was convicted in 2003 of attempted 2nd degree murder, was prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.
Hill is set for sentencing Aug. 27.
Grissom commended the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, the ATF and Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead for their work on the case.