Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a controlled substance and firearms.
Rashawn Long, 35, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 30 years in federal prison without parole, which was an upward departure from the federal sentencing guidelines.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jan Peters Baker hopes that the conviction will encourage people to come forward in the murders of a 3-year-old and her mother.
Ms. Peters Baker told THE CALL at press time that she did not have a file to charge the suspect now, but expects that file with witness accounts of what happened to be forthcoming in the weeks to come.
Court documents and testimony from law enforcement officers during a Thursday, Feb. 8, sentencing hearing also connected him to the murders of five individuals, including a mother and her 3-year-old daughter.
Long was found guilty at trial on August 21, 2014, of possessing Buphedrone (also known as bath salts, a controlled substance similar to methamphetamine) with the intent to distribute and of being a felon in possession of firearms. According to court documents and evidence presented at the sentencing hearing, Long carried out the murders of at least five individuals in a relatively short time frame – at least one in 2001 for which he was convicted in state court, and at least four during the summer of 2013, the year he was released from prison for his 2001 murder conviction.
Testimony at the hearing established Long’s longtime gang affiliation with the 51st Street Crips.
Long shot and killed Michael Birks on February 1, 2001, in the middle of a public street in Kansas City, Mo. Related to that murder, Long attempted to kill Marlon Brown on March 5, 2001, in Overland Park, Kas. Though he survived, Brown was paralyzed from the incident.
According to court documents, Long was also responsible for the execution-style shooting murders of Myeisha J. Turner and her 3-year-old daughter on August 23, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo., inside of the victims’ home.
Additionally, a federal agent testified regarding Long’s shooting murder of Kevin “Flip” Jones on September 20, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo., in the driveway of the victim’s home.
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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
This year’s Black History Month theme is, “2016 – Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories”.
The focus this year centers around he story of America without preserving and reflecting on the places where African Americans have made history. The Kingsley Plantation, DuSable’s home site, the numerous stops along the Underground Railroad, Seneca Village, Mother Bethel A.M.E. church and Frederick Douglass’ home to name just a few are sites that keep alive the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in our consciousness.
They retain and refresh the memories of our forbears’ struggles for freedom and justice, and their belief in God’s grace and mercy. Similarly, the hallowed grounds of Mary McLeod Bethune’s home in Washington, D.C., 125th Street in Harlem, Beale street in Memphis, and Sweet Auburn Avenue in Atlanta tell the story of our struggle for equal citizenship during the American century.
There are few cities in the United States that have the history that Kansas City has in the area of barbeque, jazz, baseball, style, groceries, entertainment, radio and fashion just to name a few of the cultural contributions which can all be connected to heart of Kansas City 12th street and 18th and Vine.
The Historic Jazz District was the home of some of the world’s best barbeque when Henry Perry introduced the world to slow cooked ribs as he served them wrapped up in newspaper print for 25 cents a slab from a trolly barn on 19th and Highland in 1908 where he sold to a customer base in the Garment District in Downtown Kansas City.
Perry was a restaurateur who is considered the “father of Kansas City barbecue.” His smoked meats included wild game, beef, possum, woodchuck and raccoon.
When he died on March 22, 1940 at age 65, a long-time employee, Charles Bryant, took over the business and sold it to his brother, Arthur, and re-located the restaurant from Highland to 18th and Euclid to finally 17th and Brooklyn where they opened in 1958.
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