For Immediate Release
Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Drug-Trafficking Conspiracy
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Columbia, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and powder cocaine in Boone County, Mo.
Malcolm Desean Redmon, also known as “Harp,” 32, of Columbia, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth to participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and powder cocaine in Boone County from November 2011 to August 2014. The court granted the defense attorney’s motion and ordered today’s plea agreement to be sealed.
Co-conspirators have admitted to distributing multiple kilograms of crack cocaine and powder cocaine, but the exact amount is disputed by Redmon and will be contested and determined at Redmon’s sentencing hearing.
Redmon is the 11th defendant to plead guilty in this case. Kenneth Scott, Sr., 47, and James Thomas Pittman, 42, both of Fulton, Mo.; Carl Douglass Simon, also known as “Lil Carl,” 28, and Teka Lynn Hayes, 51, both of Columbia; Ryan D. Wright, 39, of Springfield, Mo.; Vershawn Dejuan Edwards, 23, of Jefferson City, Mo.; and Guillermo Ortiz Perez, also known as “Youngster,” 25, a citizen of Mexico with no known address, have pleaded guilty and await sentencing. Rodney Wayne Arnold, also known as “Rodney O.,” 31, of Columbia, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole. William Alexander Hill, also known as “BJ,” 30, of Columbia, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years and five months in federal prison without parole. Courtnie Lea Goins, 26, of Springfield, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years of probation.
Under federal statutes, Redmon is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony P. Gonzalez. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Columbia, Mo., Police Department, the Boone County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, MUSTANG (the Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team and Narcotics Group), the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Boone County, Mo., Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
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