SPRINGFIELD, Missouri. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Lebanon, Mo., man has been sentenced for being a felon in possession of firearms following a nine-hour-long standoff with law enforcement officers while he was in the attic space of a friend’s residence.
Jesse D. Ivey, 40, of Lebanon, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, to eight years in federal prison without parole.
On June 27, 2016, Ivey pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms. Ivey admitted he was in possession of a Charter Arms .38-caliber revolver, a high Standard .2-caliber pistol, a Ruger .357-caliber revolver and a Savage .30-06 rifle.
Ivey was involved in a high-speed pursuit by law enforcement officers on Jan. 5, 2016. When officers observed Ivey driving at speeds far in excess of the speed limit and attempted a traffic stop, he refused to yield and led officers on a high-speed pursuit. The pursuit ended with Ivey’s vehicle, a Jeep Wrangler, crashing into a wooded area in Laclede County, Mo. Ivey fled the scene of the crash before troopers arrived. During a search of the vehicle, troopers found the four loaded firearms, one of which had been reported stolen, and some tools that had been reported stolen.
Ivey was arrested on Feb. 10, 2016, after an approximately nine-hour-long standoff with law enforcement officers. Officers entered a residence in Lebanon while searching for Ivey and found a loaded Bushmaster AR-15 .223-caliber rifle lying on the floor of the second-floor master bedroom. (Ivey later admitted that he purchased the rifle to sell to a drug dealer in Kansas City.) They heard Ivey in the attic space above the bedroom and directed him to come out of the attic space, but he refused to surrender.
Due to the limited access to the attic and being unaware of whether Ivey was armed, officers withdrew from the residence and called the Missouri State Highway Patrol SWAT Team to assist. A nine-hour standoff proceeded before Ivey finally exited the attic and surrendered.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Ivey has two prior felony convictions for assault, arising from an incident in which he discharged a firearm at two individuals in 2013. In that case, law enforcement officers attempted to arrest Ivey but he fled his residence, stealing a neighbor’s truck, leading officers on a high speed chase that nearly resulted in a head-on collision with another vehicle. Ivey committed this federal offense while on probation from that case.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Carney. It was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Laclede County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.