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Kansas City Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Drug, Weapons

staff - February 13, 2016 5:58 am

The last of five defendants in the death of a Pittsburg State University student has been sentenced.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Kansas City man convicted of federal drug and weapons charges faces considerable prison time after authorities said he also killed five people.

Rashawn Long was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in federal prison without parole for illegally possessing a controlled substance and firearms. Sentencing guidelines would have called for about 10 years in prison.

The Kansas City Star reports the judge cited Long’s criminal history in tripling Long’s sentence.

Prosecutors say Long was a gang member who killed five people, including one person he was convicted of killing in 2001. He was released from prison in 2012. Prosecutors say in 2013 he killed four more people, including a woman and her 3-year-old daughter. Charges have only been filed in one of those cases.

Long’s lawyer says he’s appealing.

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