Jan 19, 2020 2:00 AM

Kan. woman admits keeping guns for protection in drug trafficking

Posted Jan 19, 2020 2:00 AM
Scearce photo Butler Co.
Scearce photo Butler Co.

WICHITA, KAN. – A Kansas woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal firearms and drug charges, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.

Wendy L. Scearce, 36, Wichita, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

In her plea, Scearce admitted she was in her residence in the 300 block of North Seneca when Wichita police served a search warrant. Police found a .380-caliber Beretta handgun in the house. In the garage, police found 20 pounds of methamphetamine and 11 firearms. Scearace admitted she kept the guns to protect herself while she was engaged in drug trafficking.

Sentencing is set for April 6. She could face a sentence of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million on the drug charge and not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearm charge.

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Jan 19, 2020 2:00 AM
Kan. man faces 7 years in prison for dollar store robbery
Williams photo Harvey County

WICHITA, KAN. – A Kansas man pleaded guilty Jan. 13, to committing an armed robbery at a Family Dollar in south Wichita, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister.

 Toney D. Williams, 25, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of robbery. In his plea, he admitted that on Oct. 1, 2019, he displayed a handgun when he robbed a Family Dollar at 2301 S. Seneca.

 Sentencing is set for April 13. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of 84 months in federal prison.