A Kansas City man was sentenced December 15, 2011, to ten years in federal prison for his illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Michael Anthony Johnson, age 29, of Kansas City, Kansas, received his prison term after a July 11, 2011, guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Johnson has a long and violent criminal history including felony offenses which precluded him from lawfully possessing firearms.
Information provided by the United States at the sentencing and change of plea hearings revealed that on April 22, 2011, Johnson repeatedly shot at another man in downtown Sioux City, Iowa. The victim pulled into the parking lot of an after-hours club in Sioux City. Seeing Johnson – a man with whom the victim had an ongoing dispute – the victim attempted to drive away. Johnson cut across the block to an intersection the escaping victim had to cross. The victim stopped at a stop sign, and proceeded in to the lighted intersection. When the victim did so, Johnson opened fire, repeatedly hitting the vehicle and shattering the front and back driver-side windows. The victim escaped, and police did not find Johnson until June 13, 2011.
On June 13, Johnson was spotted in Sioux City by officers of the Sioux City Police Department. Officers stopped the vehicle in which Johnson was a passenger, and arrested him. At the time of his arrest, Johnson was in possession of the .40 caliber handgun he had used in the shooting. The weapon was loaded.
Johnson was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Johnson was sentenced to 120-months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term and serve 300 hours of community service while on supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
Johnson is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.