Former Boone County employee pleads guilty to drug trafficking charges

10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago May 09, 2016 May 9, 2016 Monday, May 09 2016 Monday, May 09, 2016 3:10:00 PM CDT in News
By: Kaitlin Rounds, KOMU 8 Digital Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - A former employee of the Boone County Clerk’s Office has pleaded guilty in federal court to leaking information about a drug-trafficking investigation.

Christin Sledd, 25, of Columbia, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt Whitworth on April 29 to facilitating a drug-trafficking conspiracy over the phone.

The father of her child, Ryan Montez Kee, 29, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Sledd and Montez Kee are among six more defendants who recently pleaded guilty to their roles in a large-scale conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Boone County.

Four additional defendants recently pleaded guilty. Michael Earl Hunt, 35, of Columbia, pleaded guilty on April 28 to his role in the drug-trafficking conspiracy. Courtney Lashea Thornton, 35, and Kenneth Scott, Jr., 26, of Columbia, and Ronald Elwood Brown, 40, of Sturgeon, each pleaded guilty on April 26.

Sledd worked at the Boone County Clerk’s Office in July and August 2014. As a clerk in the Criminal Division, she had access to confidential information, including the fact that search warrants were applied for and signed by judges.

Under federal statutes, Sledd, Kee and Scott are each subject to a sentence of up to four years in federal prison without parole. Brown is subject to a sentence of up to 40 years in federal prison without parole. Hunt and Thornton are each subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole.

 

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