KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A 44-year-old Kansas City, Missouri man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for illegally possessing a firearm.

Jovell L. Swopes was sentenced to eight years in federal prison without parole. The court ordered this sentence to be served consecutively to a sentence of two years in federal prison for violating the terms of his federally supervised release, for a total term of 10 years in federal prison without parole.

On Dec. 15, 2021, Swopes was convicted at trial of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Swopes sold 2.7 grams of marijuana to an undercover Kansas City police officer on July 31, 2019. He was pulled over afterward and placed under arrest. Officers searched the vehicle Swopes was driving and found a loaded Glock .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol on the floor underneath the front passenger seat.

Officers found a Glock magazine that contained 21 .40-caliber rounds inside a fanny pack on the floor of the backseat.

At the time of his arrest, Swopes was on supervised release after serving almost four years in federal prison for a conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, Swopes has a violent criminal history, including a long history of arrests related to assaults and domestic violence. Swopes drove up to a residence on June 10, 2018, got out of his vehicle, and began to fire several shots from a firearm at another man.

The victim attempted to run away from Swopes, who continued firing, shooting the victim multiple times in the legs. Swopes then got into his minivan and drove away.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.

In addition to his prior federal conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm, Swopes has prior state felony convictions for assault, armed criminal action, sale of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance.

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