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U.S. prosecutors are getting tough with felons who pick up guns again

Law enforcement officers are ratcheting up their pursuit of felons who attempt to obtain guns and ammunition.

Law enforcement officers are ratcheting up their pursuit of felons who attempt to obtain guns and ammunition.

October 14, 2011

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It was an expensive trip to Walmart for 29-year-old Reuben James Zeller of Lawrence.

And not because of the bullets he had someone purchase for him.

That purchase a law enforcement informant made for Zeller on Oct. 6, 2010, in Topeka will cost him 15 years in federal prison because he was barred from possessing a gun or weapons because of his past convictions. Zeller is also accused of committing a drive-by shooting at a Topeka residence in October 2010.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, the top federal prosecutor in the state, is highlighting Zeller’s recent plea agreement with prosecutors as an example of cracking down on repeat violent offenders who don’t change their ways after they get out of prison.

“They are back and hanging out with the same buddies,” Grissom told the Lawrence Central Rotary Club last month.

He and other Department of Justice officials nationally are worried the violent behavior could continue to escalate, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has stressed that federal prosecutors should work with local law enforcement to get guns out of the hands of felons. Holder’s order came after 162 law enforcement officers nationally were killed in 2010. Grissom, whom President Barack Obama nominated to the Kansas post in 2010, said that was the deadliest year for law enforcement in more than two decades and that the country was on track to beat that number this year.

Grissom also highlighted a recent 11-month undercover investigation in Wichita conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in which 67 people were charged, and authorities, with the help of local law enforcement, recovered 200 guns — including ones reported stolen and sawed-off shotguns — and illegal drugs.

Under federal law, it’s illegal for anyone convicted of a felony and drug traffickers to possess guns or ammunition.

Grissom said federal agents and prosecutors have been working with local officers to target convicted felons who might still be possessing guns. He also has said they were looking to do similar operations in the Kansas City, Kan., and Topeka areas.

“If you know who those folks are and you can find them with weapons or ammunition, we can take that person out of the community and make the community safer,” Grissom said. “We’re taking a very active stance on doing those kinds of things.”

One Topeka man, Steven Allen Contee, 33, was sentenced last week to serve seven years in federal prison for selling three shotguns with co-defendant Patrick M. Tracy Jr. to ATF agents working under cover at a hotel parking lot in Topeka on Feb. 5. Both Contee and Tracy had prior felony convictions.

Reuben Zeller, the Lawrence man who is expected to serve 15 years in federal prison, seems to fit the profile for the type of criminal federal authorities are most concerned about. According to the Kansas Department of Corrections, Zeller in 2003 received a prison sentence for a 2002 burglary in Jackson County north of Topeka. He also has a Shawnee County burglary conviction and an aggravated assault conviction from 2005 in Osage County, all of which barred him from possessing a firearm.

But during his most recent crime spree in 2010 after he was paroled in 2009, federal authorities allege through a witness that Zeller was distributing firearms and prescription drugs to people in Lawrence and Topeka.

According to the proffer for Zeller’s guilty plea in the federal case, Zeller told an informant on Sept. 27 he fired 18 rounds from a Remington 9 mm handgun into the residence of a man he had argued with earlier. He later pleaded no contest in an October Douglas County case in which he is accused of threatening someone, and as part of his federal plea agreement, Zeller will enter a plea in the Shawnee County shooting case.

About two weeks after the drive-by shooting, officers used reviewed surveillance video from a Topeka Walmart store and obtained video of Zeller giving money to a confidential informant to buy him ammunition, which he was barred from possessing as a felon.

“The things that people don’t go hunting with,” Grissom said. “They only use them in commission of crimes. We took those off the streets.”

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smitty 2 years, 6 months ago

How does one know that they have posted information that exposes the local dirt?

The Story Gets Buried (again)

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smitty 2 years, 6 months ago

One more thing for Grissom of the 10th circuit prosecutor's office to consider about criminals and guns.

Who is the criminal when the gun is missing from the LPD evidence room and found at the pawn shop?

I'm in agreement with the first post made by Guardian.....It's about time this law was properly enforced!

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 6 months ago

"Ha, does anyone actually read those or do you just smile and say "oh, smitty" and scroll on past?"

That's exactly what I do.

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blue73harley 2 years, 6 months ago

In other news, Lawrence retailers announce that the revenue from tin foil sales has exceeded their expectations.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 6 months ago

Two of the big problems that convicted felons face when they get out of prison is finding a job, and any social life that does not include their former acquaintances.

Until persons who have served time in prison have a fair chance of finding a decent job and are no longer regarded as outcasts by so many, they don't have much of a chance for any kind of meaningful new start.

The only way to change that is for our society to consider time spent in prison to be complete payment for crimes committed in the past, for employers to not bar former felons from so many jobs, and for law abiding people to accept that some people have made mistakes in the past.

Otherwise, returning to a life of crime is the only realistic option for many.

But, that's just my opinion.

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smitty 2 years, 6 months ago

Good morning Lawrence.

Who from the LPD is on those tapes telling a felon on parole, Joey Cadenhead, that his gun charges go away if he helps in a set up of the YH? Who from the 10th circuit prosecutors office was knowledgeable about the deal to buy a witness for letting a known criminal go free?

Grissom's own staff is guilty of letting the violent offenders carry guns and go free when caught with his own staff's condolences.

Here is a list of the witnesses. Bet you can figure it out. The LPD who did that taped offer is on that list.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/38251295/Trial-Witness-List-in-the-yellow-house-Case-07912355148.

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Scut Farkus 2 years, 6 months ago

Too many plea bargains, time off for good behavior and reduced sentenacing as well as minimal oversight of parolees. Make sure the violent ones are put away for good.

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itwasthedukes 2 years, 6 months ago

So we weren't tough on felons before? Wow that was a miscalculation.

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edmclinn 2 years, 6 months ago

For some felons. they should just stay out of trouble long enough and get an attorney to file the paperwork to get their rights back first. Then they can legally have guns again.

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its_just_math 2 years, 6 months ago

This is good way for Eric "Machine Gun" Holder to gather up some more guns.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 6 months ago

I've never see both of them at the same time. Hmmmmmmm (from a source)

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LadyJ 2 years, 6 months ago

Are smitty and merrill related?

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TopJayhawk 2 years, 6 months ago

GIVE IT A REST SMITTY> You make me ill.

Go watch Leave it to Beaver or something. Oh, I forgot, Wally and the Beav are informants against YH.

My god. Everyone is against them.

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DillonBarnes 2 years, 6 months ago

Ha, does anyone actually read those or do you just smile and say "oh, smitty" and scroll on past?

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smitty 2 years, 6 months ago

Joey Cadenhead was arrested by the LPD and found with guns in his possession while he was on parole circa '05. The LPD offered him a bargain if he would participate in a sting on the YH. Cadenhead was told that he would not have gun charges brought against him if he co-operated with the LPD to pull off a sting on the YH owners. This information should be on a video tape or sound recording at the LPD.

The federal prosecutors Marietta Parker and Terra Moorehead where also knowledgeable of the bought and paid for criminal deal. Parker got retired early, lost a chance to become a judge, while Terra Moorehead disappeared from the case.

There is no record at the BOP locator that either one of the bought and paid for witnesses have served any time....posted above.

Parsons was still walking the streets two years after his conviction as shown in the JW links. They may have been removed since this is information that the public has failed to recognise in the scattered reporting of incidents.

Cadenhead is on those tapes being coached and reassured by previously named LPD that no charges will be brought against him for the weapon. The 10th circuit prosecutors Parker and Moorehead are knowledgeable of these facts.

The reason Grissom is pushing the Rotary PR in Lawrence is because of the corruption in the YH case by LE and federal prosecutors needs to be white washed..

This is the type of plea bargain that keeps the armed felons on the streets, courtesy of the LPD and Grissom's 10th circuit prosecutors office. The problem is with the so callled autho;rities as much as it is with the felons. Plea bargains are dirty and unreliabel due to the known facts that these felons can and will be used to do the LPDs dirty work with approval and co-ioperation of the federal justice system. It was US attorrney Parker that is on ttranscrripts saying the YH needed to be taught a lesson.

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smitty 2 years, 6 months ago

JW buried this article for Grissom after featuring the same story three different times in just a few days.

The Rotary Club and the JW have openly become the soap box for federal corruption in the 10th circuit prosecutor's office.

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 6 months ago

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, the top federal prosecutor in the state, is highlighting Zeller’s recent plea agreement with prosecutors as an example of cracking down on repeat violent offenders who don’t change their ways after they get out of prison.

---okay, but it's time to crackdown on Atty General Holder. time to impeach him! actively chose to drop prosecution of New Black Panthrs for voter intimidation (well documented).

also, he knew about Operation Fast and Furious, that sent about two thousand guns into Mexico. at least one american officer died because of bullets fired from one of these.

time to fry him.

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smitty 2 years, 6 months ago

Grissom has some explaining to do. No wonder Marietta Parker got retired and Moorehead disappeared over the YH case.

The feds plea bargained for a lighter sentence if parolee in possession of a weapon, Cadenhead, not a total disappearance of Cadenhead's (and Parsons) time sentenced. The records seem to indicate that neither one of the bought and paid for criminals on probation and in possession of a fire arm/gun served any time.

That's not a bargain for the public but it bought the 10th circuit prosecutors a frame up until the appellate courts act to rectify the corruption. Judge Murguia is so responsible for allowing the prosecutors to pull this corruption.

Barry Grissom doesn't need to bring his BS to Lawrence for a PR spin. He needs to clean up his own 10th circuit prosecutors actions and his own ethics.

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UNIKU 2 years, 6 months ago

Good god who put the nickel in the loon today?

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 6 months ago

Bring out your dead (horses)! Bring out your dead (horses)!

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smitty 2 years, 6 months ago

YH has been framed.

Put the bought and paid for criminal witnesses incarceration in perspective...

Guy Neighbors pending trial after almost two years of being held for a private e-mail complaint about the LPD and federal prosecutors...not to mention the two federal mental competency rulings that have been over turned ...

The date for pre-trial motions has been extended by the prosecutors....

Carrie Neighgbors is awaiting the appellate court's decision on her dismissal.

The two bought and paid for criminal witnesses are not incarcerated even though they have gone to trail and found guilty for conspiracy with the YH owners in the largest fencing operation on the history of the LPD.

Inmate Locator - Locate Federal inmates from 1982 to present Name Register # Age-Race-Sex Release Date Location

Inmate Not Found.

Name: JOEY CADENHEAD Race: unspecified Sex: unspecified

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Name Register # Age-Race-Sex Release Date Location

Inmate Not Found.

Name: joey cadenhead Race: unspecified Sex: unspecified

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smitty 2 years, 6 months ago

http://www.clubrunner.ca/CPrg/Home/storyitem.asp?cid=4417&iid=199593

or

http://www.clubrunner.ca/CPrg/Home/speakers.asp?cid=4417

Click on the speakers for the Rotary Club...not one word about Grissom's talks...not one....the Rotary is allowing their name to be smeared by the 10th circuit federal prosecutors director, Barry Grissom.

or

http://www.clubrunner.ca/CPrg/Home/events.asp?cid=4417

Take a look at the shakers and movers names on the Rotary director list.

President Steve Glass

President Elect Janis Bunker

Treasurer Doni L. Mooberry-Slough

Secretary Philip McKnight

Community Service Scott Morgan

Vocational Service Janet Riley

Club Service Edward Manda

Immediate Past President Nancy Longhurst

International Service Evan Ice

Membership Linda Robinson

Newsletter Editor Robert (Bud) Jacobs

Polio Plus Judy Culley

Polio Plus Bruce M. McEnroe

Youth Exchange Christopher English

Public Relations Ann Frame Hertzog

Newsletter Editor John C. Peck

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smitty 2 years, 6 months ago

I call BS on Grissom

That felon on probation is Joey Cadenhead....explain this felon with a gun in possession is listed Inmate Locator - Locate Federal inmates from 1982 to present

Name Register # Age-Race-Sex Release Date Location

Inmate Not Found.

Name: JOEY CADENHEAD Race: unspecified Sex: unspecified

Barry Grissom, is this what your prosecutors Parker and Moorehead meant when they put on record that the Neighbors need to be taught a lesson? Please explain to the Rotary Club, the JW reporter, and the public, how a felon found with a guns in his possession who testified in Carrie Neighbor's trial (frame up) is not incarcerated?

This is the exact type of case Barry Grissom claims to be pursuing....the facts just don't measure up to anything but a PR spin to circumvent the truth.

Grissom said federal agents and prosecutors have been working with local officers to target convicted felons who might still be possessing guns.

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smitty 2 years, 6 months ago

Surely the gun possession by a felon wasn't Lewis Parsons? Here is another under the table maneuvers by the federal system in the 10th circuit federal system that you probably are not aware unless you are already involved in the corruption.....correct Grissom?

In April 2008 Parsons pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He said stole various items from retail stores and sold them.

Apparently he didn't state he stole specifically to sell to the YH but to stores.

Take a look at this article.

It states..

**U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil on Wednesday sentenced Lewis B. Parsons II to serve 27 months in prison. He must turn himself in to authorities on July 1.

In April 2008 Parsons pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He said stole various items from retail stores and sold them.**

The story byline and date is.....

By George Diepenbrock — Lawrence Journal-World January 7, 2010....

Perhaps Grissom and the 10th circuit judges can explain how Parsons incarceration is delayed for two years to the date of this JW article.

Here's what the BOP says about him

Inmate Locator - Locate Federal inmates from 1982 to present Name Register # Age-Race-Sex Release Date Location

Inmate Not Found.

Name: LEWIS PARSONS Race: unspecified Sex: unspecified

Did this man ever serve a sentence?

Grissoms 10th circuit prosecutors and the 10th circuit courts work to keep you safe is less than ethical if not illegal.

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smitty 2 years, 6 months ago

Did the Rotary actually invite this speaker or did the Rotary Club respond to the 10th circuit federal head honcho's request to speak in Lawrence?

With all the corruption from the YH case being exposed in the 10th circuit prosecutor's office, this appears to be an attempt to ride the ethics[sic] of the Rotary Club to bolster a failing ethics commitment of the 10th circuit prosecutors.

George Diepenbrock, this is the third story you have done in just A FEWS DAYS ON THIS SUBJECT. most ALL OF THE INFORMATION IS NOTHINg BUT A REPEAT OF THE FIRST ARTICLE. Is it true that YOU are BEING PRESSURED INTO REWRITING THESE ARTICLES?

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smitty 2 years, 6 months ago

BTW, where are the Rotarian's comments explaining how Grissom managed to use their club as a soap box for years of not enforcing laws against violent offenders? Forget all the past illegal actions and corruption by the legal system...let's just move on???? sic

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smitty 2 years, 6 months ago

Rotary Club is allowing the federal prosecutor to use them for a PR spin that is not in the best interest of the Rotary's own mission statement.

****Rotary Clubs located all over the world. The stated purpose of the organization is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, gender, or political preference.

Philosophy

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:[4]

1.The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

2.High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

3.The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;

4.The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. This objective is set against the "Rotary 4-way Test", used to see if a planned action is compatible with the Rotarian spirit. The test was developed by Rotarian and entrepreneur Herbert J. Taylor during the Great Depression as a set of guidelines for restoring faltering businesses and was adopted as the standard of ethics by Rotary in 1942. It is still seen as a standard for ethics in business management:[5] Is it the truth?

[[our country is in a major problem over the lack of these ethics and principles]]

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smitty 2 years, 6 months ago

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Lynn731 2 years, 6 months ago

It is about time. Felons with firearms need to be targeted for long prison terms, so they are off the street and no longer a danger to citizens. On a positive note, thanks to concealed carry laws at least citizens at least have a chance to protect themselves and their families against these predators. Thank you, Lynn

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 6 months ago

What should be the penalty for Holder supplying hundreds of firearms to violent drug gangs? What did Barry know and when did he know it?

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 6 months ago

At least we can still arm Mexican Drug lords fast and furiously.

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pooter 2 years, 6 months ago

It's way past time these "felon in possession of a firearm" laws were rewritten to completely restore full 2nd Amendment rights upon completion of their sentences for convicted felons of non-violent crime.

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Jim Phillips 2 years, 6 months ago

It's about time this law was properly enforced!

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