March 25, 2010

Armstrong Sentenced to 25 Years on Federal Charges

St. Louis, MO - The United States Attorney’s Office announced on March 18th that Christopher Armstrong has been sentenced to 300 months in prison on methamphetamine conspiracy charges.

Armstrong, 24, Memphis, MO, pleaded guilty last December to one felony count of conspiracy to manufacture in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine, and one count of possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, resulting in the 25-year prison term.

He appeared March 18th for sentencing before United States District Judge Carol E. Jackson. Scotland County Sheriff Wayne Winn and Deputy Bryan Whitney were present for the sentencing hearing in St. Louis.

Armstrong was arrested February 12, 2009 in rural Scotland County following a high-speed chase in Scotland and Van Buren counties during which he fired several shots at the pursuing officer, Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Whitney. One of the rounds fired from the handgun struck the sheriff deputy’s truck in the driver’s side door.

Armstrong’s co-defendents were sentenced in federal court on March 9th.

Michelle Brand, 28, Memphis, MO, was sentenced to 48 months in prison on one felony count of conspiracy to manufacture in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine and one felony count of possession of pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

She was a passenger in the stolen vehicle on February 12 along with Armstrong and Kenneth Thompson. Brand was taken into custody with Armstrong after abandoning the car in a farm field and eluding officers for several hours before being caught in the ensuing manhunt.

Thompson, 36, Kirksville, MO, also pleaded guilty in December to one felony count of conspiracy to manufacture in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine. His sentencing date has not been scheduled.

He was taken into custody immediately following the vehicle pursuit.

Shane Krise, 25, Gorin, MO, was sentenced to 60 months in prison on one felony count of conspiracy to manufacture in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Krise was arrested February 6, 2009 following a fire at a rural Scotland County residence. Law enforcement officials responding to the emergency uncovered an alleged meth-lab. He was taken into custody following the execution of a search warrant at the site along with Jonnette M. Ott, 29, also of Gorin. Armstrong was present at the scene but fled officers, eluding them until the February 12th chase and subsequent arrest.

According to the US Attorney’s office, the offenses occurred beginning in late 2008 through February 2009, in Scotland County and Van Buren County, Iowa.

This case was investigated by the Scotland and Clark County Sheriff’s Departments, the Scotland County Prosecuting Attorney, the Van Buren County, Iowa Sheriff’s Department, the Iowa Department of Public Safety – Division of Criminal Investigation, Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael A. Bert, and Ray Meyer are handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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