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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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JANUARY 23, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


BRANSON MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS

FOR METH, ILLEGAL FIREARMS


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Branson, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Taney County, Mo., and illegally possessing firearms.


            John David Sheridan, 38, of Branson, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays this morning to 15 years and one month in federal prison without parole.

 

            On Oct. 23, 2008, Sheridan pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in Taney County from March to July 24, 2007. Sheridan also pleaded guilty to being in possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.


            When he was arrested in Branson on July 24, 2007, Sheridan was in possession of more than 125 grams of methamphetamine, a Baikal IJ-70 9 mm pistol that he possessed in furtherance of the drug-trafficking conspiracy and $1,073 that was proceeds of the conspiracy.


            Sheridan admitted that he made several trips from Missouri to Texas to purchase methamphetamine, which he distributed to others in Taney County for sale and personal use. Sheridan was in possession of a Taurus Millennium .45-caliber pistol that was seized from his vehicle by law enforcement officers in Oklahoma in April 2007. Sheridan also admitted that he possessed the pistol to facilitate the drug-trafficking conspiracy.


            On Sept. 22, 2008, co-defendant Brett Loren Shantz, 43, of Branson, pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of illegally possessing firearms. A sentencing hearing for Schantz has not yet been scheduled.


            This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Garrison. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS-Criminal Investigation, COMET (the Combined Ozarks Multijurisdictional Enforcement Team), the Branson, Mo., Police Department and the Taney County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.


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