KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Grandview, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.
Anthony B. Hutton, 29, of Grandview, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Hutton was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.
On Feb. 16, 2017, Hutton pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Hutton admitted that he was in possession of a loaded Glock .40-caliber pistol.
Kansas City police officers found the pistol in Hutton’s waistband when he was being arrested on Jan. 31, 2016. Officers had been dispatched on a reported theft involving a beige Toyota Corolla. Officers saw the Corolla parked in the street on the curb, occupied by Hutton and another person. Hutton got out of the driver’s side of the vehicle when officers approached. Officers saw the grip of a black handgun tucked halfway in Hutton’s waistband and immediately placed him in handcuffs. A check of the pistol’s serial number revealed it to be stolen and Hutton was placed under arrest for possession of stolen property. Officers searched the vehicle and found nine individually wrapped plastic baggies containing a total of 44 grams of marijuana, six individual baggies of cocaine weighing a total of five grams, four green unknown pills, three yellow unknown pills and .5 grams of cocaine that was sitting on the ground by Hutton.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Hutton has three prior felony convictions for distribution of a controlled substance and a prior felony conviction for unlawful use of a weapon (for attempting to shoot someone). Hutton was on probation at the time of the offense.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Q. McCarther. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.