A 31-year old man from Kansas City, MO, was recently sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing the firearm he allegedly used to shoot and kill another person.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 31-year old Dionandre Ganter was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole, which is the maximum penalty that can be imposed under the law.

On May 7, 2019, Ganter was convicted at trial of being a felon in possession of a firearm and of receiving a firearm while under indictment.

Evidence introduced during the trial reportedly indicated Ganter was in possession of a loaded Smith and Wesson .40-caliber pistol on March 22, 2017. Ganter, a convicted felon, received that firearm while under indictment for tampering and resisting arrest in Jackson County, MO.

According to court documents, Ganter used the firearm to shoot and kill another person. He has been charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with murder, armed criminal action, and attempted robbery.

At 2:55 a.m. on March 22, 2017, Kansas City police officers responded to a reported shooting at the intersection of Van Brunt Boulevard and Anderson Avenue. An officer saw Ganter, who was not wearing a shirt and had his right wrist bandaged, leaving the area. The officer reportedly saw Ganter place a handgun in a flowerpot on the northwest corner of the intersection.

Ganter was detained for further investigation and the firearm was retrieved from the flowerpot.

Ganter’s criminal history includes multiple instances of assaultive conduct, including six convictions (two of them felonies) related to domestic assault and a prior felony conviction for obstruction of legal process.

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