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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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DECEMBER 3, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


JURY CONVICTS TWO KC MEN FOR DOUBLE HOMICIDE,

DRUG TRAFFICKING


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that two Kansas City, Mo., men were convicted by a federal jury today for the 2002 double homicide of Anthony Rios and Olivia Raya. Today’s convictions are the result of a VIPER investigation. VIPER – Violent Incident Proactive Enterprise Response – is a joint initiative between federal law enforcement agencies and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department to combat violent crime in Kansas City.


            Michael L. Dale, also known as Gin, 33, and Dyshawn L. Johnson, also known as Chopper, 33, both of Kansas City, were found guilty of using a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, which resulted in the murders of Anthony Rios and Olivia Raya on Dec. 20, 2002. Dale and Johnson were also found guilty of participating in a conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine from Jan. 1, 2002, to Aug. 31, 2004.


            Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated about two hours before returning the guilty verdicts to U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple, ending a trial that began Nov. 26, 2007.


            The victims, Anthony Rios, 28, and Olivia Raya, 26, were found by Rios’ grandparents on the evening of Dec. 21, 2002, after they were shot to death in their home. Olivia Raya was found in the living room on the couch, where she had been writing out thank you cards for graduation gifts (she had graduated from Rockhurst University about one week before she was killed), using a schoolbook as a writing surface. Anthony Rios was found on his back in the kitchen.


            While searching the crime scene, detectives found several bricks of marijuana (total

weight 6.68 kilograms) and two bricks of cocaine (total weight 1.4 kilograms) in the basement,

on the kitchen floor, and hidden in kitchen cabinets. Rios had $1,890 in his pants pocket. The evidence at trial was that Rios was a drug dealer who supplied drugs to Johnson, who made arrangements to purchase drugs on Dec. 20, 2002. Johnson and Dale actually intended to steal the drugs and kill Rios. After killing Rios and Raya, Dale and Johnson took approximately two and a half kilograms of cocaine from the residence.


            Co-defendant Bryant M. Burton, also known as Paint, 39, of Blue Springs, Mo., pleaded guilty on Oct. 19, 2007, to his role in the conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine. Burton and Johnson moved from Los Angeles to Kansas City, Mo., in the 1990s in order to set up their drug business in Kansas City. Cooperators describe the two men working closely together as full-service drug dealers; that is, able to supply cocaine, marijuana, PCP, and ecstasy. Burton testified during the trial that both he and Johnson were supplied drugs by Rios. Burton said after the murders, he talked with both Dale and Johnson, who both admitted to him that they killed Rios and Raya.


            Under federal statutes, Dale and Johnson could each be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of life in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kate Mahoney and Gregg R. Coonrod. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Office.


VIPER

            VIPER – Violent Incident Proactive Enterprise Response – is a joint initiative between the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Kansas City Police Department and federal law enforcement designed to proactively combat violent crime in Kansas City by targeting suspected gang members, drug traffickers and other violent criminals brought to the attention of law enforcement officers as a result of a KCPD homicide investigation. The VIPER initiative was launched in April 2005.


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