Friday, July 22, 2005

Monday's Schedule

Kansas City:

  • Xavier Lightfoot (KCMO), indicted for murdering a federal witness and conspiring to rob a credit union in Nebraska, jury trial at 7:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7C. The government intends to seek the death penalty

  • Kathleen T. Wolfe (North Kansas City, MO), indicted for her role in a conspiracy to distribute meth, change of plea hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8B

Nothing newsworthy in Springfield or Jefferson City

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Child porn trial

Jerry W. West (KCMO), who was indicted for receiving and possesing child pornography, is scheduled for trial on Sept. 12, 2005.

Martino sentencing continued

The sentencing hearing for Richard and Daniel Martino, CassTel officials who pleaded guilty to a $9 million conspircy to commit mail and wire fraud, has been continued to a date in August or September yet to be determined.

Thursday's Schedule

Kansas City:
  • Xavier Lightfoot (KCMO), indicted for murdering a federal witness and conspiring to rob a credit union in Nebraska, jury selection for trial continues. Opening arguments expected Monday morning in Courtroom 7C. The government intends to seek the death penalty.
  • Johnny D. Guess (KCMO), who pled guilty to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine, will be sentenced at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 7B
  • Jonathan P. Henik (KCMO), who pled guilty to illegally possessing a firearm, will be sentenced at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 8A
  • Abulfrido Tavira-Espinoza, indicted for illegally possessing a firearm, change of plea at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8A

Nothing newsworthy in Springfield and Jefferson City

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

20-year sentenced upheld

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the sentencing of Clarence J. Walton (KCMO), who was convicted by a federal jury as the supplier of a crack cocaine conspiracy from his home, less than a block from Center Elementary School.

Here is a link to our Nov. 7, 2003, news release.

The court ruled that evidence was sufficient to support Walton's conviction for drug conspiracy and possession, and that a prior felony conviction may be used to enhance a sentence without being pleaded or proven to a jury.

Here is a link to the court's unpublished opinion.

National Sex Offender list

The Department of Justice today announced the activation of its National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) website, which provides real-time access to public sex offender data nationwide with a single Internet search. The Department-sponsored website allows parents and concerned citizens to search existing public state and territory sex offender registries beyond their own states.

Here is a link to the online press releases for the Department of Justice, which has not yet posted the news release but likely will make it available online after 4 p.m. today. In the meantime, here is a link to last May's announcement to launch the site.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Wednesday's Schedule

Kansas City:

  • Xavier Lightfoot (KCMO), indicted for murdering a federal witness and conspiring to rob a credit union in Nebraska, jury selection for trial begins at 8 a.m. in Courtroom 7C. The government intends to seek the death penalty.
  • Lary Lee Petty (California, MO), indicted for child porn, change of plea at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Mark W. Caldarello (KCMO), who pled guilty to meth conspiracy and illegal firearm, will be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7B
  • Shawn Jay Glazier (Olathe, KS), indicted for child exploitation, change of plea at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Raymond Paul Jimenez, indicted in meth conspiracy, change of plea at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Adam S. Greer will be sentenced at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 8A
  • Casey L. McElroy (Excelsior Springs, MO), who pled guilty to meth conspiracy, will be sentenced at 11:30 a.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Turone A. Greenwood, indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, change of plea hearing at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8A

Grand Jury is in session in Kansas City. Nothing newsworthy in Springfield or Jefferson City.

Hulett trial continued

The jury trial for Shane Hulett (Camdenton, MO), who was indicted for possessing child pornography, has been continued to 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, in Jefferson City.

Lary Petty plea

Lary Lee Petty, Jr., the Moniteau County man indicted for producing child porn, will appear in federal court for a change of plea hearing at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, in Courtroom 8E. (Note: His trial was scheduled to begin Monday.)

Here is a link to our news release announcing the indictment.

Candice Smith plea

Candice G. Smith, the federal employee in Kansas City, Mo., who was indicted for illegally using her computer access at the Department of Health and Human Services to promote her own unlawful prostitution business, is scheduled to appear in federal court for a change of plea hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2005 in Courtroom 7E. (Note: Her trial was scheduled to begin Aug. 1.)

Here's a link to our news release announcing the indictment.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Tuesday's schedule

Kansas City:
  • Tina M. Sandy (Greenwood, MO), who pled guilty to stealing mail from rural Cass County residents in order to create counterfeit checks, will be sentenced at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 7B

Grand Jury is in session.

Nothing newsworthy in Springfield or Jefferson City.

Sewell trial continued

A jury trial for Walter Sewell, a St. Joseph, Mo., pharmacist indicted for child porn, has been continued and is now scheduled for Sept. 19, 2005.

Ghane trial scheduled

Hessam Ghane, the Independence MO chemist indicted for possessing cyanide, has been declared competent to stand trial. A trial is scheduled for the Aug. 1, 2005, criminal jury trial docket.

Nur trial continued

The jury trial for Ahmed Abdi Nur, indicted by a federal grand jury for operating an illegal money transmitting business that wired nearly $4 million to the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere, has been continued to 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2005.

Nur (KCMO), a native of Somalia and a naturalized citizen of the United States, operates Amal Business Center, a retail store at 4436 St. John in Kansas City that sells groceries and clothing Besides his alleged unlicensed money transmitting business, Nur is charged with structuring financial transactions in order to evade federal reporting requirements.