Three Men Face 32 Years in Prison
KANSAS CITY, MO—David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that four Kansas City, Missouri men have pleaded guilty to armed robberies at several local businesses and face lengthy, mandatory prison terms for using firearms in violent crimes.
Mohammad S. Rashid, 23, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith to using a firearm during a crime of violence. Co-defendant Terrell E. Lewis, 23, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 to two counts of aiding and abetting the use of a firearm during a crime of violence. Co-defendant Robert L. Smith, 21, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty to those charges on July 27, 2011. Ky Lamont Edwards, 20, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty on January 6, 2011 in a separate but related case to two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence.
By pleading guilty today, Rashid admitted that he brandished a semi-automatic handgun while participating in the robbery of Five Guys Burgers and Fries at 8952 Skyview Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri on November 3, 2009. Edwards admitted that he carried a Kel-Tec style semi-automatic rifle during the robbery. Edwards held a restaurant manager at gunpoint while she opened the safe so that Lewis could take money from the safe. Cash was also taken from the restaurant’s cash registers. Smith drove the getaway car. After fleeing with several thousand dollars, the four men split the proceeds equally.
Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, the government will not oppose Rashid’s request to be sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.
Lewis also admitted that he participated in the robbery of King Chef restaurant at 1660 E. 63rd Street in Kansas City on October 27, 2009. Lewis took cash from the cash register and a business cashbox while his associates held the employees at gunpoint. Smith admitted that he drove the getaway car for the robberies at both restaurants.
Edwards also admitted that he carried a Kel-Tec style semi-automatic rifle to rob the Fast Stop convenience store at 3500 Independence Avenue in Kansas City on October 27, 2009. Edwards held the store’s employees at gunpoint while his associates took cash from the registers as well as from the wallet of one of the clerks.
Under federal statutes, Lewis, Smith, and Edwards are each subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 32 years in federal prison without parole, up to sentence of life in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $500,000.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Michael Green. It was investigated by FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department.