A Kansas City, Missouri mas, has pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a conspiracy to commit a series of armed robberies against victims who were contacted via Craigslist, which culminated in the shooting of two victims.
Thomas Thorpe, 26, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark on Thursday, July 14, 2015, to one count of conspiracy, six counts of aiding and abetting a robbery and one count of aiding and abetting the discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence.
By pleading guilty, Thorpe admitted that he participated in a conspiracy between May 1 and Sept. 19, 2014, to rob several individuals at gunpoint. Thorpe participated in six armed robberies that occured after conspirators posted false advertisements to buy or sell items on craigslist.org in order to entice their victims to meet so that conspirators could steal money and electronics. Thorpe also admitted that he was involved in he shooting of two of their victims during their final armed robbery on July 16, 2013.
Co-defendants Troy Wright, 2, of Grandview, Mo., and Debvon Buckner, 25, of Kansas City, Mo., have also pleaded guilty. In addition to the conspiracy and firearm charges, Wright pleaded guilty of six counts of aiding and abetting a robbery and Buckner pleaded guilty to five counts of aiding and abetting a robbery.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Thorpe is subject to a sentence of at least 20 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 27 years in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a present investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew P. Wolesky and Jess E. Michaelsen. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.