June 24, 2010

Federal Drug Charge Earns Thompson 7-Year Prison Term

St. Louis, MO - The United States Attorneys Office announced on June 17 that Kenneth Thompson was sentenced to 87 months in prison on methamphetamine conspiracy charges.

Thompson, 36, Kirksville, MO, was sentenced on one felony count of conspiracy to manufacture in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine.

He appeared June 17th for sentencing before United States District Judge Carol E. Jackson.

Thompson was a passenger in a stolen vehicle that was involved in a shoot-out with a Scotland County Sheriffs Deputy on February 12, 2009. He was apprehended following the chase. Thomspon pled guilty to the drug charge in December 2009.

Co-defendants previously sentenced in March 2010 included:

Christopher Armstrong, 24, Memphis, MO, was sentenced to 25 years in prison;

Michelle Brand, 28, Memphis, MO, was sentenced to 48 months in prison.

Christopher Johnston, 31, Wyaconda, MO, was sentenced to 60 months in prison; and

Shane Krise, 25, Wyaconda, MO, was sentenced to 60 months in prison.

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 Sheriffs Departments, the Scotland County Prosecuting Attorney, the Van Buren County, Iowa Sheriffs 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 handled the case for the U.S. Attorneys Office.

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