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JUNE 11, 2008




            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for the 2002 double homicide of Anthony Rios and Olivia Raya. Today’s sentence is 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, 34, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this afternoon to three consecutive terms of life in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Dale to pay restitution for the cost of funerals for the victims.

            On Dec. 3, 2007, Dale and co-defendant Dyshawn L. Johnson, also known as Chopper, 33, were convicted by a federal jury of two counts 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.

            The sentencing hearing for Johnson has been continued to an unknown date.

            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. 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 and awaits sentencing. 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 at trial described the two men working closely together as full-service drug dealers; that is, they were able to supply cocaine, marijuana, PCP, and ecstasy. Burton testified during the trial that both he and Johnson bought drugs from Rios. Burton said after the murders, he talked with Dale and Johnson, who both admitted to him that they killed Rios and Raya.

            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 – 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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