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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Johnson County Man Sentenced For Tampering With Federal Witness


KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Johnson County man was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months imprisonment for tampering with a witness in a federal criminal case, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

A jury found Gary Sparks, 61, Edgerton, Kan., guilty of one count of tampering with a witness. During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Sparks attempted to persuade a thirteen-year-old child to lie to investigators who were investigating his daughter, Stacy Ashley, on drug charges. Ashley pleaded guilty to one count of distributing Oxymorphone. In her plea, she admitted that on July 30, 2011, she distributed Oxymorphone to Joshua Auclair, who died from a drug overdose. Ashley was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment.

Grissom commended the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken for their work on the case.
Updated December 18, 2014