Friday, June 17, 2005

Monday's Court Docket

Kansas City:

  • Jose M. Macias, indicted for selling cocaine, change of plea hearing at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 6D
  • David Nanos of Carthage, Mo., indicted in meth manufacturing conspiracy, change of plea hearing at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 8B
  • Nina Lane Washington of KCMO, who pleaded guilty to marriage fraud, will be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7B
  • Myecia M. Lucas of KCMO, indicted in crack cocaine conspiracy, change of plea hearing at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 8C
  • Somer Newland of Ashland, Mo., indicted in meth manufacturing conspiracy, change of plea hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8B
  • Nancy Rainey of Independence, Mo., indicted in meth distribution conspiracy, change of plea hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8C
  • Jessica Kasinac, indicted in meth manufacturing conspiracy, change of plea hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8A
  • Nathaniel Gadson, indicted for firearms violation, change of plea hearing at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8B

Jefferson City:

Indictments are expected to be returned by the grand jury today.

Sentence upheld

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the District Court's sentence of Carl Amburn, Jr. , of Texas County, Mo., who was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison without parole after pleading guity to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Here is the court's opinion.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Friday's Court Docket

Kansas City:
  • Mathew W. Burris of Independence, indicted for his role in a conspiracy to distribute meth, will plead guilty at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 8C

Jefferson City:

Grand jury is in session today, but indictments aren't expected to be returned until Monday.

New and improved

Preserving Life and Liberty, the Department of Justice Web site providing information about the Patriot Act - including daily updates - just got a face lift. Visit the newly remodeled site at www.lifeandliberty.gov

Cyber sleuths

The Kansas City Star reports today on a recent award to three computer forensic investigators involved in the investigation of the Bobbie Jo Stinnett murder -- including Mark Johnson of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Thursday's Court Docket

Kansas City:

  • Lori Sue Martin (address unknown), indicted on meth charges, change of plea hearing at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Armando Hernandez of Kansas City, Kan., indicted on meth charges as a result of Operation Icy Hot, change of plea hearing at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7C.
  • Angela L. Bittel will be sentenced at 10:30 a.m.
  • Martin William Stoetzle of Montrose, Mo., indicted on child porn charges, change of plea hearing at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Terra Hedger of Belton, Mo., indicted on meth charges, change of plea hearing at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 8B
  • Jessie Jordan of Grandview, Mo., indicted for illegally possessing a firearm, change of plea hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Roderick Fugate of Kansas City, Mo., indicted on crack cocaine charges, change of plea hearing at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8C

Springfield:

  • Darren Eugene Newton, a used car dealer in Springfield, Mo., who pleaded guilty to $100,000 bank fraud, will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 2
  • Jose Sanchez-Guzman will be sentenced at 9:15 a.m. in Courtroom 2
  • Samuel Alejo-Zacarias will be sentenced at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 2
  • James Scott Powers, change of plea hearing at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 1

Jefferson City:

  • Christinia R. Lowe of Columbia, Mo., who was indicted for illegally purchasing a firearm for her former boyfriend, Richard T. Evans (who committed suicide as he was being sought by law enforcement officers in connection with the shooting death of a Columbia, Mo., police officer), change of plea hearing at 10:30 a.m.
  • Edward Walter Kelley, change of plea hearing at 9 a.m.
  • Ronald Byrd Hudson will be sentenced at 9:30 a.m.
  • Kevin Edward Lea will be sentenced at 11 a.m.
  • David Michael Hilgar of Gravois Mills, Mo., who was indicted for illegally possessing firearms, change of plea hearing at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Thursday's Court Docket

Thursday's court docket will be posted here as soon as possible on Thursday morning. Sorry about the delay.

Former school superintendent petitions court

The government opposes the motion from former school superintendent Ronnie DeShon, who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $844,000 from the Pattonsburg School District, for a downward departure.

Here is DeShon's motion for a downward departure, in which he petitions the court for a lighter sentence because he turned himself in and confessed to the crime, motivated by remorse and concern that his gambling had gotten out of control. Here is his subsequent motion containing suggestions in support of a downward departure.

Here is the government's response, filed Tuesday, in which the U.S. Attorney's Office argues that DeShon knew "his house of cards was collapsing, that discovery was not only
likely or imminent but had already occurred," and therefore shouldn't get any credit (a lighter sentence) for disclosing his theft.

For reporters covering this story, these motions contain some details that are being made public for the first time. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Wednesday's Court Docket

Kansas City:
  • Ramon Leopoldo Morales of Kansas City, Mo., change of plea at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Duane C. Carter, change of plea at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Janet D. Sando of Kansas City, Mo., change of plea at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 8B
  • Christopher R. Mays of Warrensburg, Mo., change of plea at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Don R. Davis, change of plea at 11:15 a.m. in Courtroom 7B
  • Juan C. Martinez of Kansas City, Kan., change of plea at 1:30 p.m in Courtroom 8B
  • Jason T. Lamb of Independence, Mo., change of plea at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Eric S. Edick, change of plea at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Rodney J. Taylor, change of plea at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 7B

Springfield:

  • Joel Morelos-Contreras of Mexico will be sentenced on an immigration violation at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 1
  • Jerry Jacks of Cabool, Mo., will be sentenced at 1:45 p.m. in Courtroom 2
  • Quentin C. Adams of St. Louis, Mo., who was convicted by a trial jury for his role in a crack cocaine conspiracy, will be sentenced at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 1
  • Mark A. Medearis of Crane, Mo., will be sentenced on a firearms violation at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 2
  • David Hembree of Highlandville, Mo., who pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, will be sentenced at 3 p.m. in Courtroom 1
  • William Henderson of Springfield, Mo., will be sentenced for illegally possessing a firearm at 3:15 p.m. in Courtroom 2
  • Donald W. Barkfelt of Anderson, Mo., who pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a machine gun, will be sentenced at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 1
  • David Anthony Torres of California, who pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, will be sentenced at 4:30 p.m. in Courtroom 2

Sewell trial scheduled

The trial for Walter Sewell, a St. Joseph pharmacist indicted on nine counts related to child porn, has been scheduled for the Aug. 1, 2005, joint criminal jury trial docket.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Tuesday's Court Docket

Kansas City:
  • Terry Birge of Lee's Summit, Mo., who pled guilty to receiving child porn over the Internet, will be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 8E.
  • Kimberly D. Vickers of Independence, change of plea hearing at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7C.
  • Kimberly A. Perkins, who pled guilty to embezzling more than $325,000 from her employer, will be sentenced at 11:15 a.m. in Courtroom 8E.

Springfield:

  • Daryl Schoenfeldt of Springfield, who pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, will be sentenced at 9 a.m. in District Courtroom 1.
  • Patricia Thyer of Mountain Grove, Mo., change of plea hearing at 10 a.m. in District Courtroom 1.
  • Jose Maria Sanchez-Godinez, who was convicted by a trial jury of possession with intent to distriubte 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, will be sentenced at 2 p.m. in District Courtroom 1.
  • Rusty Eugene McCoy, change of plea hearing at 3 p.m. in District Courtroom 1.

Gnavi trial rescheduled

The trial for Brian Gnavi has been continued. At a scheduling hearing this morning, the court set Gnavi's trial date on Sept. 12, 2005.

Gnavi was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 17, 2005, of attempting to receive child pornography through the mail.
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Court upholds 30-year sentence

The U.S. Appeals Court on Friday upheld the U.S. District Court's sentencing of Robert L. Abbott, sentenced on July 31, 2003, to 30 years in federal prison without parole for his role in a conspiracy that distributed more than 200 kilograms of cocaine in the Kansas City and St. Joseph areas. The court also ordered Abbott to pay a fine of $131,500.
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On remand from the Supreme Court for reconsideration under Booker, the court applies Pirani's plain error analysis and concludes defendant is not entitled to Booker relief because he cannot demonstrate a reasonable probability that the district court would have imposed a lesser sentence under an advisory guidelines scheme.
Read the court's opinion

Wolves prey on kids

Kansas City Star reporter Laura Bauer reports on "the darkest of all cyber-crimes" -- the sexual exploitation of children, which is surging thanks to the Internet.

The problem is so prevalent across the United States, Bauer writes, that on Wednesday, the Advertising Council and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children launched a nationwide campaign to warn young people.

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