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
MARCH 26, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JURY CONVICTS RAYTOWN MAN IN METH CONSPIRACY
RESULTING IN MURDER
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Raytown, Mo., man was convicted in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, which resulted in the murder of an Independence, Mo., man.
Scott P. MacDonald, 29, was found guilty of participating in a conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in Jackson County, Mo., from Oct. 1, 2005, to Oct. 16, 2006. MacDonald was also convicted of aiding and abetting others to use a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, by shooting and causing the death of Michael Scoville of Independence in relation to the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Co-defendant Gordon D. Summers, 52, of Raytown, pleaded guilty to the same charges on March 11, 2008. Co-defendant Farryn D. Raney, 25, of Higginsville, Mo., pleaded guilty to his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy on Aug. 29, 2007, as well as to possession with the intent to distribute more than five grams of methamphetamine and to carrying a firearm during the commission of that drug-trafficking crime.
Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated about seven hours over two days before returning the guilty verdicts to U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith, ending a trial that began Monday, March 24, 2008.
Summers procured wholesale quantities of methamphetamine, which he distributed to others, including Scoville. Scoville owed Summers several thousand dollars from the purchase of wholesale quantities of methamphetamine. When Summers learned that Scoville was in possession of money and a quantity of methamphetamine, he agreed with MacDonald and others to rob Scoville in order to recoup that debt. On Oct. 13, 2006, Summers drove others, including MacDonald, in a stolen Cadillac to Scoville’s apartment in Independence and provided them with a Glock 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun to use in the robbery. MacDonald, carrying the shotgun, broke down the door to enter Scoville’s apartment. When Scoville resisted, he was shot twice by another defendant with the Glock handgun.
Under federal statutes, MacDonald could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole, up to a 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. Attorney Charles E. Ambrose, Jr. It was investigated by the Independence, Mo., Police Department and the Morgan County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.
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