Friday, December 30, 2005

Happy New Year

The federal courthouse and the U.S. Attorney's Office will be closed on Monday. Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Friday's Schedule

Nothing newsworthy to report in Kansas City, Springfield, or Jefferson City.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Thursday's Schedule

Kansas City:
  • Xavier E. Holmes, change of plea at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Duane C. Carter (KCMO), indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, change of plea at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Jose R. Siller (Independence, MO), indicted for conspiracy to distribute meth and marijuana, change of plea at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 8B
  • Daniel L. Gaddy (KCMO), indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, change of plea at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Taron T. Smith (address unknown), indicted for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, change of plea at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Luis Mora-Lemus, change of plea at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Eddie R. Staggs (KCMO), who pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture meth, will be sentenced at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Vichea Khleang will be sentenced at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 8E

Nothing newsworthy to report in Springfield or Jefferson City

Change of plea

A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for Jeffrey Stephen Thomas (PA), who was indicted for attempting to kidnap a 14-year-old northwest Missouri girl whom he had enticed over the Internet to meet for illicit sexual activity. The change of plea hearing will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, in Courtroom 7B.

Here is our news release announcing the indictment, along with an audio comment from US Attorney Todd Graves.

Search our Web site

Visitors to the offical Web site of U.S. Attorney Todd Graves (not this "unofficial" blog) can now use the new search engine function to find past news releases or other information. A search box has been added to the home page, and will soon appear at the bottom of every page on the site. Simply enter the search term (such as a defendant's name) and you'll receive a list of every page on our site where that term is found.

Even better, you can find that search engine conveniently located in the right-hand column of this blog. Again, this feature searches the district's Web site, not this blog.

Lisa Montgomery trial

Attorneys representing Lisa M. Montgomery (Melvern, KS), who indicted for strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett (who was eight months pregnant) then using a kitchen knife to cut her infant daughter from her womb, have filed a motion to continue the April 2006 trial to a later date.

Here is the motion for a continuance that was filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City on Tuesday.

Here is the newspaper article in today's Kansas City Star.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Wednesday's Schedule

Kansas City:
  • David Neil Brown (Blue Springs, MO), indicted for child porn, change of plea at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Eddie R. Staggs (KCMO), who pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture meth, will be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7C

Nothing newsworthy to report in Springfield or Jefferson City.

Court upholds life sentence

The U.S. Court of Appeals recenlty affirmed the conviction and life imprisonment of David Franklin Williams, who had components in his Springfield, MO, residence for one of the largest meth labs in the Midwest. Williams was found guilty by a trial jury of six counts of manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine, and one count of being a felon in possession of firearms. Williams sought to suppress evidence and challenged the judge's decision to remove
him from the courtroom for continually disruptive conduct.

Here's a link to the published opinion of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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

Tuesday's Schedule

Jefferson City:
  • Bryan Anthony Dean (Camdenton, MO), who pleaded guilty to counterfeiting, will be sentenced at 11 a.m.

Nothing newsworthy to report in Kansas City or Springfield.