2 KC-area men sentenced for plot to distribute methamphetamine

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An Independence, Missouri man and a Kansas City, Missouri man were sentenced in federal court Thursday for their roles role in a scheme to distribute methamphetamine.

U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes sentenced Eric M. Stilley, 42, of Independence, to 19 years and two months in federal prison without parole.

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Devin E. Lawson, also known as “Hambone,” 30, of Kansas City, was sentenced to nine years and seven months in federal prison without parole.

In September 2023, Stilley pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Lawson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Stilley and Lawson each admitted that he participated in the conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Jackson County from Aug. 15, 2021, to Aug. 2, 2022, according to the Department of Justice.

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According to court documents, Stilley was responsible for distributing more than 90 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Stilley and Lawson are the first in this case to be sentenced. Three other suspects have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

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