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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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MAY 21, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


RAYTOWN MAN SENTENCED TO 34 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.


            Gordon D. Summers, 53, of Raytown, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this afternoon to 34 years and four months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Summers to pay $11,000 in restitution for the victim’s funeral costs.


            On March 11, 2008, Summers pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in Jackson County, Mo., from Oct. 1, 2005, to Oct. 16, 2006. Summers also pleaded guilty to 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.


            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 two other men 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. Co-defendant Scott P. MacDonald, 30, broke down the door to enter Scoville’s apartment. When Scoville resisted, he was shot twice with the Glock handgun.


            On March 26, 2008, MacDonald was found guilty by a federal jury of his role in the drug-trafficking conspiracy and of aiding and abetting others to use a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, and awaits sentencing.


            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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