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Federal prison sentence on weapons charge

The Examiner staff

An Independence man convicted in January of illegal firearm possession will spend 30 years in federal prison due to his career criminal record.

Jose Drew, 29, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Kansas City. Earlier this year, a jury convicted him after deliberating less than an hour. According to court documents, Drew had a loaded .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine on July 13, 2018.

On that day, agents arrested Drew in a vehicle in front of an apartment building. When agents searched the vehicle, they found the pistol between the passenger seat (where Drew was sitting) and the center console. A DNA comparison confirmed Drew’s DNA was on the gun’s trigger guard area.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone convicted of a felony to possess any firearm or ammunition. Drew had three prior felony convictions for robbery and armed criminal action and was on probation for two of them at the time of his arrest. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

According to court documents, while in custody in this case Drew stabbed another inmate with a sharpened piece of metal, sent a correctional officer to the hospital when he slammed the officer’s head into a food tray port, struck a supervisor and tried to strike correctional officers with a homemade weapon.