Friday, June 24, 2005

Monday's Court Docket

Kansas City:
  • Charles Winston (KCMO), indicted for distributing cocaine, jury trial at 8 a.m. in Courtroom 8C
  • Andress M. Cotero (Las Vegas, Nev.), indicted for possession with intent to distribute meth, change of plea at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7B

Springfield:

  • Robert J. Harper, arrested in Laclede County following a high-speed pursuit in a stolen vehicle and indicted for illegally possessing stolen firearms, jury trial at 9 a.m.

Fake Lipitor sentencing

The sentencing hearing for Julio Cesar Cruz, who pleaded guilty to to participating in a multi-million dollar conspiracy to sell counterfeit and illegally imported Lipitor in the United States and selling counterfeit Lipitor, a prescription drug widely used to reduce cholesterol, has been scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, in Courtroom 8C.

DeShon's teaching license revoked

The Associated Press reports today that the state Board of Education has revoked the teaching license of Ronnie DeShon, the former superintendent of the Pattonsburg School District who stole more than $800,000 from his school district.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Friday's Court Docket

Kansas City:
  • James Estrada, indicted for making false statements to Deputy U.S. Marshals searching for a fugitive, change of plea at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 8A
  • Terrance M. Cury, indicted for illegal firearms, change of plea at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7B
  • Jeffrey L. Love (KCMO), indicted in a conspiracy to manufacture meth, change of plea at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 8A
  • Antonio L. McGee (KCMO), indicted in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, change of plea at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 8C
  • Deborah S. Decavele (KCMO), indicted in a conspiracy to manufacture meth, change of plea at 11 a.m. in Courtoom 8A
  • Johnnie D. Dethrow (Ashland, MO), indicted in a conspiracy to manufacture meth, change of plea at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8B
  • Kenneth W. Ray (Sedalia, MO), indicted for illegal firearms, change of plea at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 7B
  • Craig O. Scott, indicted for illegal firearms, change of plea at 2:30 pm.. in Courtroom 8B

Nothing newsworthy to report in Springfield or Jefferson City

Deshon sentencing

Former school superintendent Ronnie DeShon, who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $844,000 from the Pattonsburg School District, will be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2005, in Courtroom 7B.

Delay sought in fake Lipitor cases

A joint motion has been filed to continue the sentencing hearings in the cases of Julio Cesar Cruz and Domingo Gonzalez, who both pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy to illegally smuggle prescription drugs and fake Lipitor into the United States. Those hearings are currently scheduled for June 28, 2005, but would be rescheduled for about six months later if the court grants the motion filed today.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Tuesday's Court Docket

Kansas City:
  • William A. Burton (KCMO), who pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of methamphetamine, will be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Lori Ann Clements (Barnard), who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture meth, will be sentenced at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 8C
  • Jorge A. Fernandez, indicted for distributing meth, change of plea at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 8B
  • Chad Fullbright, indicted for illegal firearm, change of plea at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Kimberly Vickers (Independence, Mo.), indicted for conspiracy to distribute meth, change of plea at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Kinyu Adju Mwangi (KCMO), indicted for trafficking in counterfeit goods, change of plea at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 8B
  • Javier Juaquin Garcia (Iowa), who pleaded guilty to bank robbery, will be sentenced at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Damon R. Washington, indicted for conspiracy to commit bank fraud, change of plea at 11:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Joseph D. Kulpa, indicted for conspiracy to manufacture meth, change of plea hearing at 11:30 a.m. in Courtroom 8A
  • Kevin A. Supple (KCMO), who pleaded guilty to an investment scheme and illegally possessing a firearm, will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8B
  • Jeffery William Strain, indicted for conspiracy to manufacture meth, change of plea hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8A

Jefferson City:

  • Adrian Douglas Mundy (Camdenton), indicted for counterfeiting, change of plea hearing at 2:30 p.m.

Court affirms conviction & sentence

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction and 30-year prison sentence of Alonzo Ellerman, who was found guilty of distributing meth and illegally possessing a firearm.

Government had no cooperation agreement with defendant, and it was not barred from indicting him or using evidence he provided; court did not err in refusing to give defendant's proposed multiple conspiracy instruction as the instruction was not supported by the evidence; nor did the court err in refusing defendant's proposed instruction regarding his being an addict and not a drug dealer; district court did not err in sentencing defendant as a career offender or in imposing an enhancement for obstruction of justice (interfering with the investigation by revealing an officer's identity); applying the Pirani plain error analysis, defendant was not entitled to Booker relief because he failed to demonstrate a reasonable probability that the district court would have imposed a lesser sentence under an advisory guidelines scheme.

Here is the court's opinion.

Kanatzar's sentence affirmed

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the seven years, eight months prison sentence of Jacob Kanatzar.

On remand from the Supreme Court for further consideration under Booker, the court applies Pirani's plain error analysis, and finds defendant failed to establish he was entitled to Booker relief.

Here is the court's opinion.

Courtney's sentence upheld

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the 30-year prison sentence of former pharmacist Robert Courtney.

On remand from the Supreme Court for further consideration in light of Booker, Courtney's only issue is the reasonableness of his sentence and the court concludes that a reasonableness inquiry would be an empty exercise since Booker did not change anything about this case factually or legally; prior opinion reinstated and sentence affirmed.

Here is the court's opinion.