Kansas City, MO was convicted on multiple charges originating from a series of armed robberies on the Kansas side of the metro. Considering the man's history and the nature of the crimes a Federal Judge all but threw the book at him. The most notable quote came from the U.S. Attorney stating, “This should send a clear message to convicted felons with guns,” said United States Attorney Barry Grissom. “Gun crimes mean hard time.”
164 years of "Hard Time" might be an understatement.
Here is the Press Release:
KANSAS CITY, KS—A Kansas City, Missouri man has been sentenced to 164 years for a string of armed robberies, United States Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Abasi S Baker, 32, Kansas City, Missouri, was convicted in a jury trial in September on 21 counts including seven counts of robbery, seven counts of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, and seven counts of brandishing a firearm during a robbery.
“This should send a clear message to convicted felons with guns,” said United States Attorney Barry Grissom. “Gun crimes mean hard time.”
During trial, prosecutors presented evidence Baker committed seven robberies including:
January 6: Payday Loans, 7636 State Ave ., Kansas City, Kansas.
January 10: Radio Shack, 7612 State Ave ., Kansas City, Kansas.
January 12: Payday Loans, 10327 Metcalf Ave ., Overland Park, Kansas.
January 16: Dollar Store, 8144 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas.
February 16: Check Into Cash, 11044 Quivira, Overland Park, Kansas.
February 22: Check Into Cash, 15241 W 135th, Olathe, Kansas.
March 3: Radio Shack, 6945 W 75th, Overland Park, Kansas.
Co-defendant Mark R Davis is set for a jury trial March 5.
Grissom commended the following agencies and individuals for their work on the case: The FBI and the FBI Violent Crimes/Fugitive Task Force; the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office; the United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Kansas City, Mo ., Police Department; the Kansas City, Kansas ., Police Department; he Overland Park Police Department; the Olathe Police Department; the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office; the St. Joseph, Mo ., Police Department; the Lee’s Summit, Mo ., Police Department; the Mission, Kansas ., Police Department; and assistant United States Attorney Terra Morehead, who prosecuted the case