Tuesday, July 31, 2012

KCK men sentenced on gun charges involving AK-47

U.S. Department of Justice

Two Kansas City men have been sentenced to federal prison after police found an AK-47 in their car, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Lee D. Hill, 24, Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Enoch B. Kennon, Jr., 25, Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

Both men pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

In their pleas, they admitted that on Dec. 7, 2011, police were called to the report of shots fired in the 2300 block of Stewart Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. Officers talked to four men in a Cavalier parked in a driveway.

The men denied hearing gunshots and went into the residence where the car was parked. Later, one of the men came back out and checked to see whether the car was locked.

Looking through the window of the Cavalier, an officer spotted a Romanian-made AK-47 lying in plain sight on the rear passenger seat and a portion of the barrel of a handgun protruding from under the driver’s seat.

When officers knocked on the door of the house, three men ran from the rear of the house. Hill, Enoch and co-defendant Reginald D. Green were caught a short distance away. The Cavalier was registered to Hill.

At the time they were arrested both Hill and Enoch were prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm because they had prior felony convictions.

Hill’s convictions included fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer. Enoch’s convictions including aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer.

Co-defendant Reginald D. Green is set for sentencing Aug. 28.

Grissom commended the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead for their work on the case.