Missouri federal judge sentences man to eight years for contraband possession in prison

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Jefferson City, Missouri – Waun Ramon Ivory, a 32-year-old man from Jefferson City, Missouri, has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison without the possibility of parole. This decision was handed down by U.S. District Judge Roseann A. Ketchmark following Ivory’s guilty plea on October 26, 2023, concerning his possession of illegal substances while detained.

Continued Legal Troubles

Ivory’s recent legal issues stem from an incident in which he was found in possession of cocaine within the confines of the Cole County Jail. This incident is just the latest in a series of legal challenges for Ivory, who has a substantial history with the law dating back to at least 2017. At that time, he was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, after allegedly threatening to harm another individual with a gun. This earlier conviction led to a five-year prison sentence, and he was subsequently released under supervision on June 7, 2022.

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However, Ivory’s freedom was short-lived as he failed to adhere to the conditions set during his supervised release. His non-compliance prompted authorities to issue an arrest warrant. Before he could be apprehended, Ivory was involved in another legal matter where a woman accused him of assault. The culmination of these incidents led to the revocation of his supervision and a subsequent two-year prison sentence.

Further Incidents and Prosecution

While awaiting a hearing for his supervised release revocation, Ivory was found with not only cocaine but also other dangerous items, including a razor blade removed from its safety casing. Moreover, during this period, he was discovered possessing makeshift weapons, including one fashioned from a toothbrush and another razor.

The case against Ivory was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren E. Kummerer and involved investigations by both the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Cole County Sheriff’s Department.

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