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Texas Man Sentenced to 20 Year for Meth Conspiracy

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Mexican national in Sugarland, Texas, was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Joplin area.

Israel Belmontes-Cisneros, 34, a citizen of Mexico residing in Sugarland, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 20 years in federal prison without parole.

Fulton Man, Boonville Woman Charged With Illegal Firearm Following Police Chase, Shoot-Out with Officers

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Fulton, Mo., man and a Boonville, Mo., woman have been charged in federal court with illegally possessing a firearm following a police chase in the Columbia, Mo., area yesterday in which they fired upon pursuing officers.

 

Restaurant Owner Indicted for Illegal Firearms, Silencers

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that an Auxvasse, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for illegally possessing 21 firearms and three firearm silencers.

Billy Bush Owen, 53, of Auxvasse, was charged in a two-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo., on Feb. 10, 2016. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon Owen’s arrest and initial court appearance. Owen is the owner of Panhead Billy’s BBQ in Kingdom City, Mo.

Springfield, Illinois Men Plead Guilty to Heroin Conspiracy

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that two men have pleaded guilty to their roles in a heroin trafficking conspiracy in the Springfield, Mo., area.

Deauntee Q. Mosby, 23, of Oak Lawn, Ill., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, to the charge contained in a September 30, 2015, federal indictment. Donald D. Johnson, 27, of Springfield, pleaded guilty to the same charge on March 30, 2016.

Webb City Man Sentenced for Stolen Fireworks

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Webb City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for stealing commercial fireworks.

Stephen Grimmett, 51, of Webb City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to five years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Grimmett to pay $498 in restitution.

Two KC Men Indicted for Armed Bank Robbery, Illegal Firearms

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that two Kansas City, Mo., men were indicted by a federal grand jury today for armed bank robbery and for illegally possessing firearms.

Gregory Burgin, 58, and his stepson, Howard T. Patton, 37, both of Kansas City, were charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Burgin on March 14, 2016, adds Patton as a defendant and includes additional charges.

Independence Man Sentenced to 27 Years for Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy Resulting in Two Deaths

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Independence, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy that resulted in the shooting deaths of three persons during a home invasion in Independence and the shooting of a 12-year-old boy in the home.

Kevin M. Finley, also known as “Tubbs,” 36, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 27 years in federal prison without parole.

KC Man Sentenced to 21 Years for Illegal Firearm

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.

Wesley Wyatt, 59, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. Wyatt was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior felony convictions.

Final Defendant in Wentzville Pawn Store Burglary Sentenced

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St. Louis, MO – The final defendant involved in the October 16, 2014 theft of firearms from Allstar Pawn in Wentzville, Missouri, was sentenced earlier today. Eugene Davis, 23, St. Louis City, was sentenced to 87 months in prison by United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry.  Co-defendants Keenan Thomas and Brandon Foster were sentenced to 188 months and 144 months, respectively last fall.

Final Defendant in Wentzville Pawn Store Burglary Sentenced

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St. Louis, MO – The final defendant involved in the October 16, 2014 theft of firearms from Allstar Pawn in Wentzville, Missouri, was sentenced earlier today. Eugene Davis, 23, St. Louis City, was sentenced to 87 months in prison by United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry.  Co-defendants Keenan Thomas and Brandon Foster were sentenced to 188 months and 144 months, respectively last fall.

Newton Woman Charged with Providing Firearms to Convicted Felon

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Sarah J. Hopkins, 28, Newton, Kan. was charged with one count of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon. The crime is alleged to have occurred on July 30, 2015 in Harvey County, Kan.

Hopkins initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed Feb. 26 alleging she gave firearms to Cedric Ford, who she knew was prohibited from possessing firearms because he was a convicted felon. Ford had the guns when he was shot and killed by police last month after they were called to a shooting incident at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kan.

Fourteen People Indicted on Charges Involving A Bootleg Cigarette Scheme

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St. Louis, MO –Fourteen people have been charged in a federal indictment alleging a large-scale conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes.  Twelve of the fourteen defendants were arrested earlier today, and the two remaining defendants are expected to surrender in the near future. The indictment had been returned on February 18, 2016, but remained sealed until the arrests today.  The defendants are primarily from New York and the Atlanta area.

Two Local men Charged in Federal Indictment Involving a Drug-Related Homicide

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St. Louis, MO – Jessie Hampton, 24; and Malcom Johnson, 25, both of St. Louis City, were charged with multiple drug and weapons charges related to the July 15, 2012, murder of Scipio Vaughn, of Centralia, Illinois.

According to the indictment, during 2012, Hampton and Johnson were engaged in drug trafficking. In the early morning hours of July 15, 2012, Hampton and Johnson robbed Scipio Vaughn, and during the course of the robbery, Vaughn was shot and murdered.

KC Man Pleads Guilty to Throwing Molotov Cocktails at Congressional Office Self-Proclaimed Anarchist Faces 10 Years in Prison

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to throwing Molotov cocktails at the local congressional office of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II.
 
Eric G. King, 29, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to the charge of using explosive materials to commit arson, contained in an Oct. 7, 2014, federal indictment.
 

Tarkio High School Student Charged with Possessing Machine Guns

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Tarkio R-1 High School student who brought a loaded semi-automatic pistol to school earlier this month, causing the school to be locked down, has been charged in federal court with illegally possessing two machine guns that were found at his residence.

Hillsboro Man Sentenced On Federal Firearm Charges

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WICHITA, KAN. – A Hillsboro man was sentenced Monday to 180 months in federal prison on firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

David G. Nicholas, Jr., 45, Hillsboro, Kan., was convicted on three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Nicholas was a parole absconder in October 2013 when the U.S. Marshals Service arrested him in Marion County, Kan. At the time, he possessed a .22-caliber handgun and a .30-06 caliber rifle and ammunition.

Vinton Woman Charged With Providing a Firearm to an Unlawful User of Marijuana

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Robyn Lynn Merchant, a/k/a Robyn Lynn Winterroth, 52, from Vinton, Iowa, has been charged with one count of providing a firearm to a prohibited person.The charges are contained in a Complaint unsealed today in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.  The Complaint alleges that, on or about February 23, 2015, Merchant provided a Walther HK MP5 22LR semiautomatic rifle to her son, D.W., a minor child.

KC Crips Gang Member Who Murdered Five People Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a controlled substance and firearms. Court documents and testimony from law enforcement officers during today’s sentencing hearing also connected him to the murders of five individuals, including a mother and her 3-year-old daughter.

KC Crips Gang Member Who Murdered Five People Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a controlled substance and firearms. Court documents and testimony from law enforcement officers during today’s sentencing hearing also connected him to the murders of five individuals, including a mother and her 3-year-old daughter.

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