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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


JUNE 30, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN SENTENCED FOR CARJACKING


            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 carjacking a vehicle at a Northland convenience store.


            Roy Lee House, 28, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this afternoon to 11 years and five months in federal prison without parole.


            On Feb. 14, 2008, House pleaded guilty to carjacking. House and Bobby Melson, 25, stole a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox on May 26, 2006, while the victim was standing outside her vehicle in the parking lot of 7-11 at 4251 N. Antioch in Kansas City, Mo. House and Melson later led police officers on a high-speed pursuit in the stolen vehicle before being apprehended in Lenexa, Kan.


            Melson, who pointed a handgun at the victim during the carjacking, was convicted of robbery and armed criminal action in Clay County Circuit Court for his role in the offense and sentenced to 10 years in state prison.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney K. Michael Warner. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the Lenexa, Kan., Police Department and the Olathe, Kan., Police Department.


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