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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

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


DECEMBER 19, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TWO SOUTH MISSOURI MEN SENTENCED

AS ARMED CAREER CRIMINALS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Springfield, Mo., man and an Alton, Mo., man have been sentenced in federal court, in separate and unrelated cases, for illegally possessing firearms. Both men were sentenced as armed career criminals due to their previous violent felony convictions and serious drug offenses.


            * Charles Doyle, 46, of Springfield, was sentenced on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007, to 25 years in federal prison without parole.


            On Sept. 20, 2006, Doyle pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.


            Officers from the Greene County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of gunfire on Sept. 15, 2005, and contacted Doyle at the building where gunfire had been heard. Inside the building, officers found a 20-gauge shotgun along with 41 rounds of shotgun ammunition, as well as drug paraphernalia consistent with the use of methamphetamine.


            On Jan. 16, 2006, a Camden County, Mo., law enforcement officer was speaking to an informant over the telephone when he heard gunshots in the background. The informant reported that Doyle had just shot into a nearby trailer home. Several sheriff’s deputies responded to the location to investigate, and found numerous holes in the trailer. On Jan. 20, 2006, deputies learned that Doyle had just left the informant’s house armed with a handgun. Responding officers located Doyle driving on Dry Hollow Road, and after a brief pursuit, Doyle pulled to the side of the road and was arrested. Officers found a .22-caliber rifle and a 9 mm handgun in the vehicle. Doyle told officers that he had shot the trailer because the resident owed him money for methamphetamine that had been fronted to him.


            Doyle has seven prior criminal felony convictions for burglary, stealing, stealing a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.


            * Jerry Brown, 47, of Alton, was sentenced on Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, to 15 years in federal prison without parole.


             On Aug. 28, 2007, Brown pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms. Brown admitted that he was in possession of a Marlin .22-caliber rifle, a Savage Arms 12-gauge shotgun, and ammunition on July 3, 2005, in Oregon County, Mo. Brown has three prior criminal felony convictions for sexual assault, manufacturing a controlled substance and burglary.


            These cases were prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. They were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Green County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Camden County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Oregon County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.



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