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AG Schmitt Announces First Federal Indictments in Western Part of Missouri Through the Safer Streets Initiative

Aug 23, 2019, 13:50 PM by AG Schmitt
Jefferson City, Mo. - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today the first federal indictments obtained by a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) under the Safer Streets Initiative in the Western District of Missouri were handed down in Springfield. Tony Brown, one of the three Assistant Attorneys General deputized as SAUSAs as part of the Safer Streets Initiative in Kansas City and Springfield secured the public indictments, which were unsealed on August 22, 2019.

Jefferson City, Mo. - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today the first federal indictments obtained by a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) under the Safer Streets Initiative in the Western District of Missouri were handed down in Springfield. Tony Brown, one of the three Assistant Attorneys General deputized as SAUSAs as part of the Safer Streets Initiative in Kansas City and Springfield secured the public indictments, which were unsealed on August 22, 2019.

On August 22, 2019, a federal grand jury indicted Chesley Mincks with one count of possession of a firearm by an unlawful drug user and one count of possession of an unregistered short-barrel rifle. The indictment alleges that on August 5, 2019, in Polk County, Missouri, Mincks was in possession of a rifle with a barrel of less than 16 inches and that Mincks was a user of methamphetamine, a controlled substance. The indictment further alleges that the rifle was not registered with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Furthermore, a federal grand jury indicted Michael Evans with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that on January 14, 2019, in Webster County, Missouri, Evans was in possession of multiple firearms and had previously been convicted of one or more crimes punishable by a term of imprisonment greater than one year.

Finally, a federal grand jury indicted Chad Woelich with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that on December 7, 2018, in Taney County, Missouri, Woelich was in possession of a firearm and had previously been convicted of one or more crimes punishable by a term of imprisonment greater than one year. Assistant Attorney General Tony Brown is the SAUSA handling all three cases.

“When I was sworn in as Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General, I vowed to keep all six million Missourians safe – with the Safer Streets Initiative, we’re working every day to uphold that vow. I look forward to continuing to make solid progress in combating violent crime with our federal partners,” said Attorney General Schmitt.

Attorney General Schmitt, along with U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Jeff Jensen, launched the Safer Streets Initiative in St. Louis. The Safer Streets Initiative was then expanded to Kansas City and Springfield in cooperation with U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tim Garrison.

All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Criminal charges are not evidence of a crime.