Thursday, August 11, 2005

Friday's Schedule

Kansas City:
  • Jason A. Veach (Independence, MO area), who pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy to manufacture meth, will be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Eugene P. Calvert (KCMO), who pled guilty to illegally receiving a firearm, will be sentenced at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 8B
  • Darrell D. Walker, who was convicted by a trial jury of being a felon in possession of a firearm, will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8B


  • Bonnie M. Jones, an employee of Wade In & Wade Out in Hollister, Mo., who was indicted for participating in a conspiracy to distribute ingredients to meth cooks as a result of Operation Ice Palace, will begin a bench trial at 8 a.m. in Courtroom 2
  • Hortencia Solis-Nieto and Rosa Plancarte-Herrera, Mexican nationals indicted for transporting illegal aliens, change of plea hearing at 11:30 a.m. in Magistrate Courtroom.

Joplin murder trial

The trial for Thomas D. Smith, charged with a 1999 double homicide in Joplin, Mo., as well as a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, has been continued. The court issued an order today, continuing the trial (originally scheduled to begin Aug. 29, 2005) to Sept. 11, 2006.

Smith was indicted on May 2, 2002, by a federal grand jury in Springfield for the murders of Paris Harbin and Chandy Bresee-Plumb on December 13, 1999. (Sorry, no news release to link to.)

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Drug search upheld

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed Oscar Berrera Sanchez's guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm and the district court's sentence of 4 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.

Sanchez had entered a conditional plea of guilty while appealing the district court's denial of his motion to suppress the 9mm pistol that formed the basis of his prosecution. The appellate court ruled that Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers acted properly in detaining Sanchez and searching the vehicle in which he was a passenger (which was carrying several large bundles of marijuana as well as other narcotics besides the loaded 9mm pistol found under the passenger seat.)

Here is the court's opinion.

Sex offender changes plea

An Aug. 25, 2005, change of plea hearing is scheduled for Jerry West, a KCMO man with prior sex offense convictions who was indicted for possessing child porn.

Here is our news release announcing the original criminal complaint (no news release available announcing the indictment).

Ice Palace Trial

The trial for Roy James Hudspeth (Springfield, MO), indicted as a result of Operation Ice Palace, has been continued to Oct. 24, 2005. Hudspeth is vice president and CEO of Handi-Rak, a distributor of products to convenience stores.

Operation Ice Palace was a long-term investigation into the illegal sale of large quantities of over-the-counter cold medications to meth cooks in southwest Missouri. Operation Ice Palace resulted in a series of indictments by a federal grand jury against 53 defendants.

Here is our original news release.

Two trials for Brent Barber

The court today announced today that two trial dates have been scheduled for Brent Barber, who is charged in three separate indictments with mortgage fraud.

Barber's trial on the Oct. 7, 2004, federal indictment is scheduled to begin Sept. 12, 2005, before U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan. Here's our news release.

Barber's trial on two federal indictments, which have been consolidated into one case, is scheduled to begin Nov. 28, 2005, also before Judge Gaitan. Here is our news release on the Aug. 12, 2004, federal indictment. (Sorry, no news release available for the Feb. 10, 2005, indictment.)

Monday, August 08, 2005

Tuesday's Schedule

Kansas City:
  • Jury trial begins for Carl White (KCMO), who was indicted for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Jose Guzman-Diaz, indicted for being an illegal alien in possession of firearms, change of plea at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 6E
  • James R. McCoy, waiver of right to a grand jury and guilty plea scheduled at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 6E