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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Wichita Woman Sentenced For Giving Gun to Man Convicted in Killings

WICHITA, KAN. – A Wichita woman was sentenced Tuesday to six years in federal prison for providing a gun to a man who later was convicted of killing three people, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Myrta Rangel, 35, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of giving a gun to a person she knew would use it in a drug trafficking crime and one count of giving a gun to a person she knew was a previously convicted felon.

In her plea, Rangel admitted she took part in a drug trafficking conspiracy including Jereme Nelson and others. She gave Nelson a handgun and he carried it to a meeting in rural Harvey Count to collect a drug debt. At that meeting, Nelson shot and killed three people: Travis Street, Angela Graevs and Richard Prouty. After the killing, Rangel and Nelson fled to Mexico. Eventually, Mexican authorities returned them to the United States for prosecution.

McAllister commended the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster for their work on the case.

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Updated October 7, 2020