Missouri felon gets 15 years for illegal firearms possession

An armed career criminal from Grandview, Missouri, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to a Justice Department news release, 29-year-old Anthony B. Hutton had four prior felony convictions and so was sentenced as an armed career criminal without parole. Hutton pleaded guilty to possessing a loaded Glock .40-caliber pistol in February.

On Jan. 31, 2016, police officers spotted the pistol in Hutton’s waistband while arresting him for stealing a Toyota Corolla. Serial numbers on the gun later revealed it had been stolen.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found bags containing 44 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of cocaine and other unknown pills.

Hutton’s four prior felony convictions include three for drug dealing and one for unlawful use of a weapon when he tried to shoot someone. Hutton was also on probation at the time of his most recent arrest.

The Kansas City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.