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Case Number: 6:20-cr-03016-MDH
Judge: M. Douglas Harpool
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (Greene County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
Description: Springfield, Missouri felony firearm possession charged criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant.
Christopher M. Iavolo, 42, was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.
Iavolo admitted that he participated in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from May 10 to Nov. 8, 2018. During the conspiracy, Iavolo received methamphetamine from a co-defendant who made multiple trips to Texas to acquire kilogram-level quantities. Iavolo then distributed methamphetamine to others.
On Nov. 6, 2018, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Iavolo’s residence. Iavolo had a loaded Beretta .32-caliber semi-automatic pistol tucked inside the back of his pants. When officers searched a bedroom, they found a Masterpiece Arms 9mm semi-automatic pistol with an extended high capacity magazine in between the bed’s box spring and mattress. Underneath the bed, they found a loaded HK .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle, a loaded Romarm 7.62x39mm semi-automatic rifle, and a rifle case that contained two loaded Glock 9mm semi-automatic handguns, a loaded Cobra .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol, a loaded Star .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol, a loaded Jennings 9mm semi-automatic pistol, numerous handgun magazines, ammunition, a large knife, a rifle scope, and handgun holsters.
Officers also found a safe inside the bedroom closet that contained 33.37 grams of methamphetamine. The bag appeared as if there was once much more methamphetamine inside of it based upon the amount of residue. There was also a metal scoop inside the bag.
Iavolo told officers he traded methamphetamine for most of the firearms. Iavolo admitted to selling three to five ounces of methamphetamine each week for the past several months.
Co-defendants CMichael D. Johnson, 53, and Xlyona M. Sharp, 37, have also pleaded guilty.
Under federal statutes, Iavolo is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of life in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica R. Sarff. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Springfield, Mo., Police Department, and the Pleasant Hill, Mo., Police Department.
CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - POSSESSION
VIOLENT CRIME/DRUGS/MACHINE GUN
Outcome: 06/01/2021 88 Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge M. Douglas Harpool: CHANGE OF PLEA HEARING held on 6/1/2021. Plea entered as to Christopher M. Iavolo (2) Guilty Count 1,10 of the Indictment. Defendant continued in custody. Time in court: 9:39 a.m. to 9:58 a.m. To order a transcript of this hearing please contact Jeannine Rankin, 417-225-7713, firstname.lastname@example.org. (Howard, Linda) (Entered: 06/01/2021)
06/01/2021 89 PLEA AGREEMENT as to Christopher M. Iavolo. (Howard, Linda) (Main Document 89 replaced on 6/3/2021) (Howard, Linda). (Entered: 06/01/2021)