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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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MARCH 18, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CRACK COCAINE,

ILLEGAL FIREARMS


ARREST FOLLOWED PURSUIT, SHOOT-OUT WITH POLICE


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and illegally possessing firearms. The defendant was originally arrested and charged following a police shooting incident on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007.


             Montae T. Robertson, 20, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to the charges contained in a Sept. 6, 2007, federal indictment.


             By pleading guilty today, Robertson admitted that he aided and abetted others to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine. Robertson also admitted that he carried a firearm during that drug-trafficking crime.


             According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, law enforcement officers attempted to conduct a car stop near 71st Street and Prospect on Aug. 7, 2007. When officers activated their emergency lights and siren, the affidavit says, the Pontiac failed to stop and the rear passenger, sitting behind the driver, turned around and pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the officers. A car chase ensued.


              The Pontiac continued northbound on Prospect at a high rate of speed until it reached 51st Street, where the driver lost control and the vehicle left the roadway and struck a fence. Robertson was apprehended from the front of the vehicle.


             Deandre T. Clay, 21, of Kansas City, a passenger in the rear seat of the vehicle, was also apprehended. Clay, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower back, was transported by ambulance to a hospital where he later died from his injuries.

 

            Under federal statutes, Robertson could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to life in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $4,250,000. 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 Paul S. Becker. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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