Shawnee Man, Anthony Whitehead, Sentenced for Illegal Firearm, Cocaine

KANSAS CITY, MO (STL.News) A Shawnee, Kansas, man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm and possessing cocaine.

Anthony Whitehead, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 13 years in federal prison without parole.  The court also ordered Whitehead to pay a $5,000 fine.

Whitehead was found guilty at trial on June 19, 2019, of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possessing a controlled substance.

A federal arrest warrant was issued for Whitehead in the District of Kansas on Dec. 29, 2016, for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in regards to a Johnson County, Kansas, warrant for attempted kidnapping.  Agents with the U.S. Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force received information that Whitehead was staying at the Relax Inn, 6300 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri.

On Jan. 20, 2017, federal agents contacted Whitehead and his girlfriend in their room at the Relax Inn, where they found a loaded Glock .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun hidden underneath the mattress of the bed.  Agents also found a cellophane bag that contained approximately 1.5 grams of cocaine in one of Whitehead’s pants pockets.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.  Whitehead has two prior felony convictions for fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, as well as prior felony convictions for unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession with the intent to sell marijuana, domestic assault, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful use of a weapon, and tampering with a motor vehicle.