jury convicts kC man of illegal firearms, marijuana
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today of illegally possessing firearms and marijuana.
Damon E. Goodrich, 39, of Kansas City, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of firearms, possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute, and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. The jury also convicted Goodrich on a forfeiture count, which requires him to forfeit to the government $24,000 that was obtained as a result of his drug-trafficking crime.
On May 21, 2009, police officers responded to a report of a disturbance with a firearm in the 3800 block of East 58th Terrace, Kansas City, Mo. A witness told officers that he saw two men get out of a car and run towards a nearby house and then heard a gunshot. When officers went to the house, which was Goodrich’s residence, they saw a man run out of the rear door carrying a bag of marijuana. They also saw a second man break out a bathroom window in an attempt to flee. Both men were taken into custody.
When officers searched the house, they discovered a Ruger 9mm pistol in a kitchen drawer, a Ruger .40-caliber pistol on a mattress in a bedroom, a ballistic vest in a closet, a box of ammunition in the living room, 13 clear plastic bags that contained a total of five kilograms of marijuana and approximately $24,000.
Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who is convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Goodrich has prior felony convictions for unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.
Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City deliberated for about five hours over two days before returning the guilty verdicts to U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple, ending a trial that began Monday, Nov. 28, 2011.
Under federal statutes, Goodrich is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $750,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul S. Becker and Sara M. Holzschuh. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.
Project Ceasefire, launched in October 1999, is a cooperative initiative by federal and local law enforcement and the Kansas City Crime Commission that targets for federal prosecution persons who unlawfully use or possess firearms.