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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


MATT J. WHITWORTH


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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OCTOBER 28, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


RAYTOWN MAN SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS IN PRISON

FOR METH CONSPIRACY RESULTING IN

MURDER OF INDEPENDENCE MAN


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Matt J. Whitworth, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Raytown, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. That conspiracy led to the murder of an Independence, Mo., man.


            Vincent V. Gallegos, 29, of Raytown, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to 40 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Gallegos to pay $11,880 in restitution for the victim’s funeral costs.


            On June 25, 2009, Gallegos pleaded guilty to the drug-trafficking-related murder of Michael Scoville of Independence on Oct. 13, 2006, and to his role in the conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in Jackson County, Mo., from Oct. 1, 2005, to Oct. 16, 2006.


            On May 21, 2009, co-defendant Gordon D. Summers, 53, of Raytown, was sentenced to 34 years and four months in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty to his role in the drug-trafficking conspiracy and murder. On June 23, 2009, co-defendant Scott P. MacDonald, 30, of Raytown, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison without parole after being convicted at trial of his role in the drug-trafficking conspiracy and murder. Summers and McDonald were also ordered to pay restitution for the victim’s funeral costs.


            Summers procured wholesale quantities of methamphetamine, which he distributed to others, including 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 also 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 Gallegos and MacDonald to rob Scoville in order to recoup that debt. On Oct. 13, 2006, Summers drove Gallegos and MacDonald in a stolen Cadillac to Scoville’s apartment in Independence and provided them with a Glock 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun to use in the robbery. MacDonald, carrying the shotgun, broke down the door to enter Scoville’s apartment. When Scoville resisted, Gallegos shot him twice with the Glock handgun.


            This case was 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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