Joplin Man, Jeffrey Ray Dean Ford Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Stolen Firearm
SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) A Joplin, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing the firearm stolen from a vehicle in the parking lot at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo.
Jeffrey Ray Dean Ford, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to five years in federal prison without parole. The court ordered Ford’s federal sentence to be served consecutively to his undischarged terms of imprisonment in two separate state cases.
On Nov. 20, 2020, Ford pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, the investigation began on Oct. 15, 2019, after two vehicles were burglarized at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners. A Smith and Wesson semi-automatic .40-caliber firearm was stolen from one of the vehicles. FBI agents identified a suspect vehicle from surveillance cameras. Later the same day, Republic, Mo., police officers reported attempted automobile burglaries in which witnesses identified the same vehicle.
Agents contacted Ford at his workplace as he arrived, driving the borrowed vehicle that had been identified in surveillance video.