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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


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MARCH 10, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


RAYTOWN MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO METH CONSPIRACY

RESULTING IN MURDER OF INDEPENDENCE MAN


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Raytown, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, which resulted in the murder of an Independence, Mo., man.


            Gordon D. Summers, 52, of Raytown, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to the charges contained in a Dec. 6, 2006, federal indictment.


            By pleading guilty today, Summers admitted that he participated in a conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in Jackson County, Mo., from Oct. 1, 2005, to Oct. 16, 2006. Summers procured wholesale quantities of methamphetamine, which he distributed to others, including Michael Scoville. Summers accepted both cash and merchandise, including stolen items and vehicles, from others as payment for the methamphetamine that he distributed to them. Summers procured firearms, which were used to protect his drug stashes and the proceeds from the sale of those drugs.


            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 others to rob Scoville in order to recoup that debt. On Oct. 13, 2006, Summers drove others 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. They broke down the door to enter Scoville’s apartment, and when Scoville resisted, he was shot twice.


            Summers also pleaded guilty today to aiding and abetting others to use a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, by shooting and causing the death of Scoville in relation to the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Law enforcement officers recovered the Glock 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in a tool box in Summers’ garage.


            Under federal statutes, Summers could be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole, on the conspiracy charge and a consecutive mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole, on the firearm charge . A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case was 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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