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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Topeka Man Arrested After Car Chase Charged In Federal Court

TOPEKA, KAN. - A man who was arrested after wrecking a car while fleeing from police was indicted today on a federal firearms charge, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Justin R. Shumway, 31, Topeka, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The indictment alleges Shumway possessed a 9 mm pistol on Dec. 16, 2013, in Topeka. He was prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm because of prior felony convictions for aggravated battery, attempted battery against a correctional officer, forgery and burglary.

The Topeka Police Department reported arresting Shumway after he fled from officers and wrecked a car near Willow and Broadmoor.

If convicted, Shumway faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Topeka Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Warner is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

Jamie L. Herron, 34, Wichita, Kan.; Cory L. Poulter, 37, Halstead, Kan.; Roy L. Scott, 47, Sedgwick, Kan.; and Susan M. Henks, 60, LaCrosse, Kan., are charged with drug trafficking.

Herron is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, eight counts of distributing methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine.
Poulter is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and four counts of distributing methamphetamine.
Scott is charged with six counts of distributing methamphetamine.
Henks is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine: not less than five years and not more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million.
Distributing methamphetamine: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million.
Possession of methamphetamine: A maximum penalty of one year and a fine up to $100,000.

The Rush County Sheriff’s Office, the Newton Police Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.