A Kansas City, Kan., man has pleaded guilty to armed robbery in a case involving the sale of synthetic marijuana and to carjacking in a separate incident that happened two weeks later, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced Tuesday.
Derrick L. Freeman, 28, also pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, Grissom said. In his plea, Freeman admitted to robbing a man at gunpoint from whom he and his co-defendants planned to buy the synthetic drug, then to firing the weapon before fleeing the scene on May 12. He also admitted that on May 26, he and his co-defendants walked to Stop Shop gas station, 6865 State Ave. in Kansas City, then stole a minivan and the driver’s keys and wallet at Freeman’s suggestion, Grissom said.
The group subsequently led law enforcement officials on a 17-minute chase, reaching speeds of 112 mph, and crashed the minivan in a plowed field in Basehor. As the group ran, Freeman fired a handgun at a law enforcement officer, Grissom said.
A sentence of 300 months in federal prison has been recommended for Freeman, Grissom said. His sentencing date is pending.
Co-defendants awaiting trial in the case are Joe Freeman, 33, of Kansas City, Kan., and Jeffrey B. Jackson, 47, of Leavenworth. Three other Kansas City, Kan., men involved – Terry D. Tillman, 26; Anthony L. Irvin, 19; and Melvin L. Shields, 20 – are scheduled for sentencing in November.