From U.S. Attorney Todd Graves' office 4:34 p.m.:
- Russell D. Kirkland, 46, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Because he has three previous convictions for violent felonies, Graves said, Kirkland was sentenced as an armed career criminal.
Mr. Kirkland's career path:
- 1975 robbery/assault w/blue steel revolver
- 1976 stealing from a person by striking the victim about the head with his fists
- 1989 robbery for forcibly stealing money from another person while armed with a deadly weapon
(Note to Brad Alpert, gun expert: Brad, the feds call it blue steel. I always thought it was blued. But Google gives me a million-plus hits on "blue steel revolver", and only a few thousand on blued steel revolver. Which is right?)