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
JUNE 23, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RAYTOWN MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON
FOR METH CONSPIRACY RESULTING IN
MURDER OF INDEPENDENCE MAN
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Matt J. Whitworth, Acting 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.
Scott P. MacDonald, 30, of Raytown, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to 25 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered MacDonald to pay $11,880 in restitution for the victim’s funeral costs.
On March 26, 2008, MacDonald was found guilty by a federal jury of 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. 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.
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 and also ordered to pay restitution for the victim’s funeral costs. Summers pleaded guilty on March 11, 2008, to his role in the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to aiding and abetting others to use a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime.
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 others to rob Scoville in order to recoup that debt. On Oct. 13, 2006, Summers drove MacDonald and another man 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 broke down the door to enter Scoville’s apartment. When Scoville resisted, he was shot twice with the Glock handgun.
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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