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Case Number: 2:19-cr-20079
Judge: Julie A. Robinson
Court: United States District Court for the District of Kansas (Wyandotte County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Kansas City
Description: Kansas City, Missouri criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with kidnapping, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and discharging a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime.
David Carr, age 36, from Kansas City, Kansas and James Poterbin, age 47, from Edwardsville, Illinois a man and tortured him in 2019 in Kansas City, Kansas.After beating, shooting, and stabbing the victim, Carr and Poterbin believed the victim was dead and left him in the house for days before he was discovered by another individual. After the victim was found alive and rescued, Carr ordered a co-conspirator to burn the house to the ground, endangering neighbors and first responders.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department investigated the case. The Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department investigated the arson.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan J. Huschka and D. Christopher Oakley prosecuted the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri Catania presented the indictment to a grand jury and prepared the case for trial.
21:846 - Conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and 18:2 - aiding and abetting. (SECOND SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT FILED 4/7/2021) Forfeiture Allegations
18:1201(a)(1) - Kidnapping and 18:2 - aiding and abetting. (SECOND SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT FILED 4/7/2021)
18:924(c)(1)(A)(ii), 924(c)(1)(A)(iii) - Use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and 18:2 - aiding and abetting. (SECOND SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT FILED 4/7/2021)
Outcome: Poterbin and Carr: Sentenced to 360 months imprisonment, to be served concurrent to count 2s and consecutively to count 7s; 5 years supervised release; $300 total assessment