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‘Career criminal’ from Belton sentenced to 15 years

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Posted at 4:50 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 17:50:20-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Belton, Missouri, man who led police on a chase was sentenced Monday for illegally possessing a firearm.

Gregory P. Middaugh, 39, was sentenced to 15 years and eight months at a federal prison without parole.

He was sentenced as an armed career criminal because he has previous violent felony convictions, which include eight felony convictions and 14 misdemeanor offenses in five pending cases.

Middaugh has been on probation, parole, or incarcerated “almost continuously” since 1997, according to a news release.

U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison said Middaugh is the “epitome” of a career criminal.

“Not even 40 years old, he has been incarcerated or under court supervision for nearly two decades, committing acts of violence both in and out of custody,” Garrison said.

Middaugh pleaded guilty in March to being a felon possessing a firearm.

In February 2017, Belton police officers responded to a burglary-in-progress call, from which Middaugh fled.

As police pursued him, Maddaugh hit “several parked vehicles” and “several trees,” according to the release.

Upon searching Maddaugh’s vehicle, officers located a loaded Smith and Wesson .45-caliber pistol.

Marijuana packaged for distribution, and other drugs also were found in the vehicle, according to court documents.