KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A federal jury convicted two Kansas males of kidnapping, drug, and gun expenses in reference to the 2019 torture of a sufferer in Kansas Metropolis, Kansas.
Based on courtroom paperwork and proof offered at trial, David Carr, 36, of Kansas Metropolis, and James Michael Poterbin, 46, of Edwardsville, provided methamphetamine that was offered within the Kansas Metropolis metropolitan space. In April 2019, Carr and Poterbin kidnapped the boyfriend of a girl whom they mistakenly believed had stolen drug cash from them.
Carr and Poterbin certain the sufferer with zip-ties and duct-taped a shirt to his head, pistol-whipped him a number of occasions, smashed his fingers and beat him with a blunt object, shot him within the legs, and compelled a co-conspirator to stab him within the leg. They then wrapped him in plastic and left him alone in the home. In the course of the torture, Carr and Poterbin used the sufferer’s telephone to contact his girlfriend and demand cash in change for his launch.
A number of days after the sufferer was launched, Carr ordered a co-conspirator to burn the home to the bottom, which he did.
A jury discovered Carr and Poterbin responsible of kidnapping, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and discharging a firearm in reference to a drug trafficking crime.
Sentencing hearings are scheduled for Carr and Poterbin on Might 1, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. and a pair of:30 p.m., respectively, earlier than U.S. District Decide Julie A. Robinson. They every face a most of penalty of life imprisonment.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Kansas Metropolis, Kansas Police Division investigated the case. The Kansas Metropolis, Kansas Fireplace Division investigated the arson and has supplied invaluable help.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan J. Huschka and D. Christopher Oakley are prosecuting the case. Assistant U.S. Legal professional Sheri Catania offered the indictment to a grand jury and ready the case for trial.
OCDETF Strike Drive Instances
This prosecution is a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Job Forces (OCDETF) Strike Drive Initiative, which supplies for the institution of everlasting multi-agency process pressure groups that work side-by-side in the identical location. This co-located mannequin permits brokers from completely different businesses to collaborate on intelligence-driven, multi-jurisdictional operations to disrupt and dismantle probably the most vital drug traffickers, cash launderers, gangs, and transnational prison organizations. The Kansas Metropolis Metro Strike Drive’s mission additionally contains focusing on violent road gangs and cartel members working in and across the metropolitan space which can be engaged in violent offenses and firearms offenses.