Two Brothers in Warrensburg, KC Plead Guilty to Illegal Firearms

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Two Brothers in Warrensburg, KC Plead Guilty to Illegal Firearms

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – -(AmmoLand.com)- A Warrensburg, Missouri, man and a Kansas City, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing firearms that they sold to an undercover federal agent.

Rufus C. Thomas, also known as “Jackpot,” 30, of Warrensburg, and his brother, Hashir Abdur-Rahman, also known as “Jeremiah Monroe” and “The Noble King,” 42, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough.

Thomas pleaded guilty to four counts of being a felon in possession of firearms. Abdur-Rahman pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Each of the instances in which Thomas and Abdur-Rahman illegally possessed firearms involved the illegal sale of firearms to an undercover special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

By pleading guilty today, Thomas admitted that he was in possession of a Ruger .22-caliber pistol with an obliterated serial number, a Maverick 12-gauge shotgun, and a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol on Oct. 5, 2017. Thomas also admitted that he was in possession of a Heritage .22-caliber revolver and two Remington 12-gauge shotguns with obliterated serial numbers on Oct. 24, 2017. Thomas also admitted that he was in possession of a Strassel 9mm pistol on Dec. 21, 2017.

Abdur-Rahman admitted that he was in possession of a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun on Dec. 7, 2017. Abdur-Rahman also admitted that he sold the shotgun to an undercover federal agent, on behalf of Thomas, for $350.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Thomas has prior felony convictions for burglary, possession of a controlled substance, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and two prior felony convictions for theft. Abdur-Rahman has a prior felony conviction for possession with the intent to sell illegal drugs.

Under federal statutes, Thomas and Abdur-Rahman are each subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stefan C. Hughes. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Project Safe Neighborhoods

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, and local law enforcement to specifically identify criminals responsible for significant violent crime in the Western District of Missouri. A centerpiece of this effort is Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. Project Safe Neighborhoods is an evidence-based program that identifies the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develops comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, Project Safe Neighborhoods focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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ATF is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating violations of the federal firearms and explosives laws and regulations. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov.

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Old Ch.E.
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Those inner-city KC boys are real geniuses. I was a manager at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant outside KC for 14 years. Occasionally, actually frequently, DOD would screw up their orders and we would have to shut a line or two down until more orders came. We employed many of these “King” types in production and would furlough some when this order snafu occurred. They would be told by their managers that they would be called back in a couple of weeks. When that time came 10 had to be called to get 5 that passed the drug test. They… Read more »

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Heed the Call-up

Other than negatively stereo-typing a broad group of people, what relevance does your bigotry have with this story? The bigger issue is that until 1939, no one was illegally disbarred their rights. It would seem, based on incarceration rates, this law is being used to further discriminate against a minority that apparently, based on your post, still faces discrimination and bigotry. Yes, blacks, according to FBI data, do commit crimes at higher rates than other races in the USA; however, it’s not all blacks, but only a small percentage that are criminals. The rest are not criminals. Most struggle like… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

I suppose I did not make my point clearly enough. That is one of my failings. By what and/or who’s authority/standard are these two dirtbags being prosecuted? See it now? Should they be in jail? Yes. For what? Theft. Either the constitution applies to all or it does not. Isn’t that the higher argument? Isn’t that what we are arguing for? As bad as these two want to be jihadis obviously are, their debit to society as judged was paid. Too bad they did not learn from it. That being said, Hitler used the very same tactics and accusations to… Read more »

Vern
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Vern

The second horseman of the apocalypse in Rev. 6:4 is about civil unrest, civil disobedience and last but not least, civil war. It is happening across the globe, just as it was said would happen in the last generation before the second coming of Christ.
Great to be alive and see these things coming to pass.

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Vern, there has always been strife throughout the world, anywhere one finds humans. Actually, many animals also fight each other, and many times for similar reasons; power, territory, property, and the big one – females.

Vern
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Vern

How many times have you seen animals at war as you see humans? I live in the west and am out in the woods a lot, not like I was when I was younger, but still a lot. I have never seen animals act like people. There has been strife in humanity since creation, but not like there has been since May 14, 1948. One prophecy was fulfilled that started the rest of those end time prophecies to begin to fulfill. Israel became a nation in one day. All the prophecies written will fulfill before that generation comes to its… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Vern, how much time do we have left? I am not God, so I don’t know. As to prophecies, I am not a Satanist, religious, nor a prognosticator, so I have no belief that anyone, including myself, can know what the future will hold, other than death and taxes. But before death, I will most likely enjoy many of the same things that I do today, some which are: my wife, child, food, liquor, vacations, friends, and my firearms.

Vern
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Vern

We aren’t promised anything beyond the next breath or heartbeat, so I can’t tell you how much time we have. But I can tell you that the scripture from the Bible tells us of things to come that we have no means of stopping. The majority of those things that relate to the time frame we live in today, could not happen until Israel became a nation. That has happened, the six day war put Israel back in control of Jerusalem as the scripture said would happen, Israel is in the news on a daily basis and is pretty much… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

Are you coming to the point yet?

Vern
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Vern

Sorry to take so long getting back to you, I have been on the road.
My point is that letting people know that what is going on in todays world is coming right out of scripture. Hoping to get through the ideology that the Bible is an old dead book that is being pushed today. If you don’t believe in its relevance for today then that’s up to you, your choice.

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Heed the Call-up

Vern, no one here is claiming the Bible is an “old dead book”. My only statement was I don’t believe in prognostication. You may believe whatever makes you feel good. Until the “end of time”, a time we will most likely see or know, no one will nor can know. Many others that believed the end is nigh and used the Bible as their rationale, also stated the prior believers – obviously – were wrong, but somehow you received “divine knowledge” and are correct. Thanks, but no thanks. I believe one of the flock got lost. I will send God… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

What is your point?

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Wild Bill, I believe he is stating that he believes in “prophecies” and believes the Bible is telling him “The End is nigh”, and is glad the world is coming to an end in his lifetime. However, I do know that numerous people have believed similarly in the past and have also not seen the world end, other then their own deaths. When you die, your world does come to an end, so in that aspect that is true. I am glad that religion has helped him with his troubles. Everyone facing difficulty needs to find a way through it,… Read more »

Vern
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Vern

As you have said, people in the past and even today, say that all this has happened and we are still here. So what, eh? There is one difference between the past when it was said and today. Israel is a nation, up until 1948 it wasn’t. The prophecies were for the time Israel became a nation and the generations following. None of the prophecies written for last times would happen until the time Israel is in existence. Today. What plans do you have when the bank says you no longer have any money in any of your accounts? When… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

What’s the point of burning something that cannot be destroyed? Why believe what’s written in that book over some other book? Animal Farm has a lot of significance to what is occurring today, too, as does 1984. Nostradamus’ prophecies appear to be mostly right, too. Should we be taking that as Gospel, instead. Animals supposedly do not have souls, because the Bible states that, but other religions believe everything has a “soul”. What makes your religion the “correct” one and all the other ones wrong? Why not Sikhism, followers also believe in just one God. With over one billion people,… Read more »

Vern
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Vern

How many nations or states created out of atheism have gained the height of economic freedom and liberty that the United States has under the ideology of the Bible? The atheists of the last century created more war and destruction and economic devastation than any other ideology in history including the Romans. Atheism has created nothing that has contributed to humanity, it has contributed more to the drudgery of poor people and those you believe are miserable because of religion. It is the religion of atheism that is causing the downslide of humanity. You say there is no afterlife, what… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Vern, what proof do you have that there is an “after life”? I know – the Bible. The USA is not founded on Christianity. No where does it mention it. Neither the Declaration of Independence, nor the Constitution even mention Christianity. What nation(s) were ever founded on Atheism? I know of none. You? As to “Christian” countries, they have all failed. And before then, usually involved genocide, such as the “Inquisition”. Your failure to understand that you are a zealot, and not rational, proves my point. I take back my comment that religion “saved” you. You are far so lost,… Read more »

Vern
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Vern

YAAAWWWWNNNNN, you guys must have this answer canned so you can bring it up when you want. All you do is change the name of the one you aim it at. I have had this come at me before from atheists. There are accounts of after life experiences from people of all ages but because the media is for the most part atheist they won’t bring any of them to the news . Just last year there was an incident that was reported because it happened in public, but it was not given much air time, we know the reason… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Vern, I usually am respectful, but you are really an ah. “You guys must have this canned so you can bring it up whenever you want”? Why the f-ck would I have such a long comment “canned”? When would I ever have had prior need for such a post on Ammoland? How obtuse can you possibly be? But rather than answer my questions, you deflect. Obviously because you are not mentally acute enough to answer those questions. Or if you did, it would destroy your tenable grasp of reality and send you plummeting back into your depth of darkness that… Read more »

Vern
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Vern

Nearly every atheist I have encountered came across just as you have. Why should I not think you are all the same? For you atheists to prove God doesn’t exist you have to prove the negative you believe in, which is; “God does not exist.” Christians were once called atheists because they did not believe in the gods of the Romans and Greeks. Most people who claim to be atheists claim to actually know God doesn’t exist but they really can’t prove their claim. So they demonstrate that atheism is merely anti-religion, anti-faith and anti-God. Some atheists claim what they… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Vern, I did not blame war on religion. You claimed that all wars were due to Atheism, if you weren’t such a nut case, you could see that is a lie. Your bigotry is full-blown your post. You create straw man arguments and try to pin them on me then feebly try to debate that argument. If you weren’t so obtuse, you might be dangerous. So, rather than address my post, you create a straw man argument to try to pin on me – and failed in your attempt to destroy it by posting lies about the Crusades, Islam, the… Read more »

Vern
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Vern

Actually, I didn’t claim all wars were due to atheism. I didn’t even claim you blamed war on religion. Most of what I wrote came from a book written by an atheist, if you want to blame someone, blame one of your own who wrote a book explaining some of the beliefs atheists have who only believe what they hear from other atheists. He knows the truth of what he believes and what those who don’t actually know what they believe but fight against everybody who doesn’t believe as they do. You pretty much fit the profile that guy wrote… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Vern, you, again, stupidly, are using a straw man argument to attack me. I blamed no one, you blamed Atheists. Your ignorant bigotry is beyond the pale. You, being a moron, believes that because you are incapable of rational thought, no one else is, and that because you have a need to be part of a group, everyone else does, too. I am not part of a group, I am an individual. The only groups that I associate with are those that share the belief in our inalienable and Natural Rights – and that has ZERO to do with God.… Read more »

Knute
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Knute

That’s the dogma that all sects of ‘Christianity’ insist upon. Just ‘believe’ whatever the master’s say, and you will be rewarded in the afterlife. After the chance to get restitution for their lifelong deceptions is gone. Naturally. But the sheep seem to buy into the con every time. Naive idiocy. The sheeple’s defining trait.

JPM
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JPM

Why is Ammoland promoting the ATF and their lies and bullshit? SHAME on you AMMOLAND!

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

JPM, it’s good to know what the enemy of our Constitution is up to.

Knute
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Knute

Ten will get you twenty that JPM doesn’t know the six-letter word for the dangerous end either… 🙂

Will Flatt
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There are no illegal guns, just people who possess and/or use them illegally.

These two should be deposited in the middle of Iraq wearing US flag-themed clothing, a canteen, a can of spaghetti-O’s and a toy AK47.

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Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Because they were exercising their inalienable RKBA?

Will Flatt
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Don’t be obtuse. These were criminals, literally caught in the act of a crime, and you want to argue they should be let go?? I seem to recall the 2A community was all for punishing criminals and criminal use of guns… has something changed in the last 20 years???

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Heed the Call-up

Will, the story states “pleaded guilty to four counts of being a felon in possession of firearms” – that should not be a crime. I don’t recall reading that in the 2A. The only crimes they committed were selling stolen firearms and being in possession of stolen firearms. This story does not state they stole them, only possessed and sold them. So in your mind being a thief is grounds for executing them. Even Muslims don’t believe in that.

JPM
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JPM

You should be discouraging the Muslims, not encouraging them.

Will Flatt
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It’s a freaking meme, a joke for crying out loud. I suppose you’ll do like the liberals and FACT-CHECK this?????

freedom isnt cheap
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freedom isnt cheap

nice American names

Will
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Will

The mooslim aka “The Noble King” won’t feel like royalty in the federal lockup. 10 without!

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Two dirtbags who have and sold firearms missing serial numbers. The key is stolen guns. Drug dealer- yes. Robber – yes. Stolen guns – yes. But the 2A does NOT discriminate. IF they are citizens and since they are not in jail or the loony farm, they have the right to keep and bear arms. The crimes these two dirtbags have done here is actually the stolen guns. The OTHER CRIME is with the government who is unlawfully denying their RIGHT to keep and bear arms. This is job justification of and for the atfe, legislators who wrote and passes… Read more »

Jack_A_Lope
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Sorry, Bill. When, by your own actions, you demonstrate the inability to follow the laws of society, I believe you forfeit any rights provided by the Constitution that may allow you to inflict physical harm on society. Shall not be infringed applies to those who have kept the societal pact. Break that pact and you can be prevented from exercising those rights. These thugs’ actions demonstrate exactly why their Constitutional rights where firearms are concerned are restricted. This is my opinion, of course, and you know opinions are like armpits.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Hi Jack A Lope, Wow, and all this time I thought “shall not be infringed” actually meant “shall not be infringed.” The only disqualifying “disabilities” being while in jail or the loony farm and the 2A does not even say there are reasons to be void of the right, I wrote that. There are laws that enslave mankind and there are laws that set men free. This nation, the constitution, the bill of rights, the amendments and even the declaration of independence are founded on sound, righteous Judeo/Christian law, commandments, precepts and mandates. An example would be; “If a man… Read more »

jack mac
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Jack A: Your opinion of denying the right to arms to free private citizens for not following society’s laws would seem logical common sense. It certainly is expressed as common sense by those trying to change private citizens into unarmed civilians. Those who cause unlawfully injury to members of society should be denied freedom. Preventing freedom can be done by confining or death. Exercising natural rights by a free person can not be prevented. It should not be consider common sense or is it logical to attempt to do so. Laws denying rights to free citizens have legally established an… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Thank you Jack Mac

Arm up, carry on.

CourageousLion
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So…facts being that before 1968, a magical date in time, felons were considered to be people in a cage. Ex felons were people that had been deemed rehabilitated and released back into society with the very guy they had on them when they robbed the bank they ended up in the cage for. Hmmm…one thing about those magical dates in time. THEY DON’T REALLY CHANGE REALITY. I quote Robert Heinlein.. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable,… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Thank you C.L.

Arm up, carry on.

Jonesy
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Jonesy

opinions are like armpits More like assholes.

Knute
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Knute

Because everybody has one…. and most of them stink? 🙂

Finnky
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Finnky

@J_A_L – It appears that the Virginian government is striving to create as many felons as possible. Several other states are engaged in similar exercises to less fanfare. If VA succeeds in making gun ownership a felony, then since anyone ever convicted of a felony may no longer own a gun – that individual is banned from touching a firearm anywhere in the country. Where states can hand out felony like candy on Halloween – I can no longer respect anything about the penal system or laws regarding “ex”-felons. Such laws diminish respect for the government, respect for “rule-of-law” and… Read more »

Tionico
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Tionico

Theft is still tne underlying offense of any signficance. Yes, both had raps for “controlled substance” issues…. a matter over which FedGov have absolutely no authority. Scratch those. If those are the felony busts for which they later got busted for”felon in possession”< scratch those two charges aas well. That comes down to the thefts. One had a prior conviction for burglary. Was his sentence to unclude restitution? Almost certainly not. And THERE is the problem. The biblical punishment for theft if caught is to restore FOUR TIMES what was taken. Yes, convict of the felony.. the sentence to include… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Jack, your opinion is not traditional American law. Before 1934, when one paid their debt to society, all rights were automatically restored. After 1934, a conviction automatically became a life sentence. That is not constitutional!

KCsmith
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KCsmith

You’re actually nuts enough to advocate arming active criminals?
That certainly isn’t helping the cause, but I’m sure your mental disorder is preventing you from understanding that.

Tionico
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Tionico

define criminal. Seems in the State of Newe York, felons are those who happened to have decided to acquire any of a class of firearms designated (contrary to the US COnstituton) as “banned” or “must be registered” (so we know where they are when we decide to ‘come and take them”. ). Most states, and FedGov, have by unconstituoinal fiat declared certain “substances’ to be “controlled” and possession of those designated “substances” a felony. Are THESE the sorts of criminals yu cay MUST be disarmed for life? Or how about the chap who has been determined to be travelling at… Read more »

gregs
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I very much disagree with your opinions and your response to j-a-l. America is a country of laws. the Constitution and Bill of Rights provide a framework for those laws. you also throw in Old Testament scripture (the history) and if you know scripture, in the New Testament, Paul in Romans 13 tells us governments were instituted by God, and we are to submit to them. that means the rules of society and by not doing so you give up some of your rights. using your logic, people in prison/jail and mental institutions should continue to retain their Second Amendment… Read more »

CourageousLion
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CourageousLion

Boy talk about someone reading into a post ideas that simply are not there. And as for your convoluted view of Romans 13, I guess the founding fathers where criminals in the eyes of Paul too. As well as the people of Germany who were involved in resistance against Hitler. People like you need a brain wash. “shall not be infringed” applies only to law-abiding citizens” Funny, when I read that amendment….I don’t see those other words attached. I love how you people justify tyrannical actions by government functionaries. And admit it…You’re not a law abiding citizen. You’re just a… Read more »

Finnky
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@CL – I am an honest upstanding member of society because such behavior is fundamental to being me. I am a law abiding citizen – to the extent it serves me. Not interested in going to war against authorities, going to prison or even paying fines. Will continue to abide where it suits me – where risk of being caught and punished exceeds benefit of alternatives. As a driver I can say that very few are always law abiding. Those who are – are frequently a menace to safety on the road… A primary risk to general traffic flowing down… Read more »

Grim
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Grim

Driving 55 is a menace??? You are a fucking idiot.

Finnky
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Finnky

@Grim – When road is crowded and moving smoothly at 85 – someone pulling in front of you going 30mph slower is a menace. Have you never had someone make a stupid lane change in front of you?

Will
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Will

55mph would be a menace if accepted flow of traffic is running 85-90mph.

Jonesy
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Jonesy

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, in the New Testament, Paul in Romans 13 tells us governments were instituted by God, and we are to submit to them Gregs obviously a dimocrat

Tionico
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Tionico

submit does NOT mean blindly and unconditionally obey. A doctor being COMMANDED by a government official to murder an unborn baby MUST NOT obey the command of government. remember that bit when they were asking Jesus “is it lawful to pay the tax?” How did He respond? He asked them to show him the”coin of tribute (the tax, in that day a form of worship to Caesar). He asked “whose image is that on the coin?” “Caesar’s”. His response was amazing, and SO often misunterpreted. He SAID “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s”. Note… Read more »

Autsin Miller III
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Autsin Miller III

@Gregs
And yet Paul kept getting thrown in prison for breaking the law….

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

You must put Romans 13 into context sir., You must obey the government unless it runs contrary to the WORD of GOD. How many times did they tell Peter, Paul, James, John etc. to stop spreading the truth? What about JESUS? Did HE stop? What happened to them when they didn’t? Sooner or later they were all put to death. But they never quit. Sooner or later we all go to dust or ash. The question is how do you face it? On your knees or on your feet? The end comes no matter what. Once you realize this, life… Read more »

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DB, I don’t believe in eternal life, god(s), nor religion, but the rest I do – 100%. Live as a free man or die a slave. Our country was founded on government being a servant to man – by consent of the governed. When it becomes tyrannical our Founding Fathers even stated it would be time to start anew. For whatever reason, these politicians seem to want that day to come sooner, rather than later. The adage these politicians need to ruminate on is, be careful of what you wish for, you might just get it.