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

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

KC Man Who Stockpiled Firearms Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Mo., man who reportedly struck and dragged a police officer with his vehicle and stockpiled a large number of firearms in preparation for a shootout with officers was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing methamphetamine and firearms.

Todd R. Leroy, 37, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 12 years in federal prison without parole.

On Nov. 29, 2018, Leroy pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and to possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Law enforcement officers responded to the home of Leroy’s parents on Nov. 15, 2016, to attempt to locate him following a report of his involvement in the assault of a law enforcement officer in Kansas City, Kan., earlier that morning. According to reports, a motorcycle officer with the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department had stopped Leroy, who was driving a BMW, after Leroy’s vehicle struck a road sign. As the officer was standing in the open door of Leroy’s vehicle, Leroy began to speed away. The officer was struck and thrown to the ground, then dragged 30 to 40 feet. Leroy fled from the scene; the officer sustained minor injuries.

When officers searched the basement of Leroy’s parents’ residence, where he was living, officers saw a firearm and a plastic bag of marijuana protruding from a black backpack. Officers obtained a search warrant for the residence and seized, from the basement, a Palmetto .223-caliber rifle, a DPMS .223-caliber rifle, an Intratec 9mm pistol, a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver, a Sig Sauer .357-caliber pistol, a Springfield Arms .45-caliber pistol, multiple live rounds of ammunition, and a ballistic vest. Officers also seized methamphetamine, marijuana, pills, drug paraphernalia, and several cellular telephones.

Leroy was arrested on Aug. 23, 2017. Officers saw Leroy exit a Winnebago recreational vehicle that was parked in a lot at 4900 Raytown Road. A 2012 Ford F-150 pickup truck was parked in the driveway. Leroy, who returned to the Winnebago, started the truck remotely and refused to come out. Tear gas canisters were deployed into the front passenger side of the vehicle, after which Leroy opened the door, holding his girlfriend from behind. Leroy’s right hand was behind her back and he was wearing a holster, but did not have a gun. Leroy was arrested by the officers. 

Inside the pickup truck, officers found a safe on the rear floorboard that contained a Heritage Rough Rider .22-caliber revolver, an AR Model 15 .223-caliber rifle, a Smith & Wesson .44-caliber revolver, a Ruger .22-caliber handgun, a Walther .22-caliber handgun, a Ruger .380-caliber handgun, an AP-MBP 7.65x25mm semi-automatic handgun, an FEG Model AP .765mm, a Cimmaron .22-caliber two-shot derringer, and various ammunition. Officers also found a bulletproof vest in the truck and $60,100 in a black nylon bag. 

Officers searched the Winnebago and found a bullet-proof vest, a Mossberg pump shotgun with no serial number, a Taurus .40-caliber handgun, a Taurus .38-caliber revolver, a Mossberg 20-gauge pump shotgun, a Marlin lever action 30x30 rifle, a Winchester .22-caliber rifle, a Cobra Arms .380-caliber handgun, and $380.

According to court documents, Leroy reportedly obtained a large number of firearms in the event he became engaged in a standoff with police officers. 

According to court documents, Leroy was involved in multiple drug sales. Additionally, Leroy has three prior felony convictions for possessing methamphetamine, two prior felony convictions for burglary, and prior felony convictions for property damage and tampering.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison D. Dunning. It was investigated by the FBI, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, and local law enforcement to specifically identify criminals responsible for significant violent crime in the Western District of Missouri. A centerpiece of this effort is Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. Project Safe Neighborhoods is an evidence-based program that identifies the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develops comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, Project Safe Neighborhoods focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Updated April 17, 2019