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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Missouri

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Timothy A. Garrison
, United States Attorney
Contact: Don Ledford

Warrensburg Woman Sentenced to 18 Years for Meth Conspiracy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Warrensburg, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for her role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.


Davita Ann Kelly, 38, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District judge Greg Kays to 18 years and nine months in federal prison without parole.


On Dec. 27, 2017, Kelly pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from August 2014 to March 2016. Kelly admitted that she sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant and an undercover officer on eight occasions in 2015, and to an undercover officer on two more occasions in January 2016.


Warrensburg police officers executed a search warrant at a storage facility rented by Kelly on March 31, 2016. Officers seized several firearms from the unit, including a .38-caliber revolver, a 9mm pistol and two .22-caliber rifles.


The investigation began after law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Kelly’s residence on Aug. 29, 2014, and seized methamphetamine, hydromorphone pills, marijuana, heroin and drug paraphernalia.


Co-defendant Matthew Waylon Newman, 33, of Warrensburg, was sentenced on May 31, 2018, to 17 years and seven months in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty to his role in the drug-trafficking conspiracy and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. Co-defendant Stacy A. Lyman, 39, of Warrensburg, has pleaded guilty to his role in the drug-trafficking conspiracy and to being a felon in possession of a firearm, and awaits sentencing.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison D. Dunning. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Johnson County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Warrensburg, Mo., Police Department.



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