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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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DECEMBER 1, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN SENTENCED FOR 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 was sentenced in federal court today for 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, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to five years in federal prison without parole.


             On March 18, 2008, Robertson pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting 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.


             Robertson was arrested after law enforcement officers attempted to conduct a car stop on a Pontiac near 71st Street and Prospect on Aug. 7, 2007. When officers activated their emergency lights and siren, 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. Co-defendant Dionysus D. Spriggs, 24, of Kansas City, dropped a Ruger 9 mm pistol as he fled from the car; he was apprehended after a foot chase. Spriggs pleaded guilty to the same charges and awaits sentencing. Co-defendant Demetrius Briggs, 24, of Kansas City, was apprehended from the back seat of the vehicle. Briggs pleaded guilty to distributing 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and awaits sentencing.


             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.

 

             Following the arrests, police officers found a loaded Sturm Ruger 7.62 x 39 semi-automatic assault rifle and a loaded Smith and Wesson 9 mm semi-automatic pistol in the car, along with cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.


            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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