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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

Monday, April 29, 2019

Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Conspiracy Following Shooting

Faces at Least 15 Years in Prison

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Columbia, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine following the shooting of a co-conspirator at his residence.

Brian Keith Davis, 55, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps, Jr., to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Columbia, Mo., police officers were called to Davis’s residence on Dec. 3, 2017, after he reported that someone broke into his residence and shot a co-conspirator. A man with several gunshot wounds was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. Davis told officers that two men, one wearing all black and the other wearing a green camo mask, had pushed the co-conspirator from behind and forced their way into the residence. Davis said he heard three or four shots and saw that his co-conspirator had been shot in the head.

Officers executed a search warrant at Davis’s residence the next day, Dec. 4, 2017, and found a five-gallon bucket in his bedroom closet that contained five packages with a total of more than two kilograms of methamphetamine. There were two additional packages that contained approximately 390.9 grams of cocaine hydrochloride and two additional packages that contained a total of 680.4 grams of cocaine. Also in the closet, officers found a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 Special handgun and a safe that contained $73,553, which Davis must forfeit to the government.

Under federal statutes, Davis is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. 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. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Columbia, Mo., Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated April 29, 2019