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Sentence to run concurrent with fed conviction

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By Don Groves

The Albany Ledger

A 21-year-old Gladstone woman will serve a felony Gentry County sentence concurrent with a federal conspiracy conviction.

Shannon Renee “Bug” Keyes was sentenced April 10 during Gentry County Law Day to five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for Class C felony tampering with a motor vehicle. Keyes was charged in January 2012 in Gentry County after stealing a 1994 Chevrolet pickup.

Gentry County prosecu­tor Jerry Biggs recom­mended she serve the sentence concurrently with an 87-month sentence she received Nov. 15 in U.S. Western District Court, St. Joseph Division. Judge Roger Prokes agreed with Biggs’ recommendation.

Keyes and 29 others were indicted in March 2012 to conspire to deliver more than $1 million worth of methamphetamine from Jan. 1, 2009, to March 14, 2012, in Northwest Mis­souri. The Buchanan County Drug Strike Force, the Buchanan, Holt and Nodaway County Sheriffs Departments, the St. Jo­seph Police Department, the Missouri State High­way Patrol and he Drug Enforcement Administra­tion conducted the investi­gation.

Keyes pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and to launder money from the sale of methamphetamine. Federal documents say Keyes and others in the drug trafficking organiza­tion distributed multiple pounds of methampheta­mine throughout North­west Missouri, Southwest Iowa, Northeast Kansas and Southeast Iowa. The documents also say Keyes made as many as five trips a day from St. Joseph to Kansas City to pick up methamphetamine to sell.

Keyes appeared calm and courteous in court April 10 before Judge Prokes.

“Good luck to you,” Prokes told Keyes follow­ing her sentencing. “You’re still going to be young when you get out of prison.”

Prokes also accepted a plea agreement from 18-year-old Hunter R. Sweat of Albany, who pleaded guilty March 6 to Class C felony distribution of marijuana. After meeting with Biggs and defense attorney Kenneth C. Hensley to review Sweat’s file before the case, Prokes said, “The more I read it the madder I got. Provid­ing marijuana to 15-year-old girls in this commu­nity. … That’s reprehensi­ble.”

Prokes agreed to a sus­pended imposition of sen­tence and five years pro­bation plus court costs but also ordered Sweat to serve 30 days shock time, have no contact with the teens involved, complete a substance abuse evalua­tion and complete any treatment recommended, have no contact with any­one 16 or younger except for close relatives or work purposes, and observe a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew ex­cept while actively working, going to or from home for work, or being with a parent.

“The fact that you’re 18 is the only reason I’ll accept this plea agreement,” Prokes said. “I’m trying to send a message to other people.”

Meckessa H. Rice, 39, of McFall was sentenced to three years probation for two counts of Class C fel­ony passing bad checks. Rice had already paid res­titution for the bad checks.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 18:56

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Kaylah Jordan, left, Rachel Clark and Aryssa Newby play a game April 12 prior to the start of the Albany Lions Club Bike-a-thon at the Albany Community Center.

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