Suspected gang members stay in state custody

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 | 4:59 p.m. CST; updated 8:10 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 24, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Two suspected members of the Cut Throat gang appeared in the central division of the U.S. Court for the Western District of Missouri in Jefferson City on Tuesday.

They will remain in state custody serving sentences for prior convictions until the July 20 trial unless they are eligible for parole before then. In that case, they will appear before Magistrate Judge William A. Knox to set bond.

William Ricky Boyd, 21, and Diondre Jamel Cooper, 20, entered pleas of not guilty on all counts. They are both charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. They are also charged in a conspiracy involving the possession and shooting of firearms into a group of two or more people to intimidate and also competing with others in the distribution of controlled substances.

Boyd is serving a five-year sentence for unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections Web site. According to Missouri, after his conviction in 2005, he was released on parole for 16 months. His parole was revoked in November 2008. During those months, he was convicted of five other charges, including resisting or interfering with arrest, operating a vehicle with a revoked driver's license and possessing up to 35 grams of marijuana.

Cooper is serving a five-year sentence for theft of more than $500 but less than $25,000, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections Web site. indicates that at the time of his conviction, he was on probation for a third-degree assault conviction in 2006. Cooper was released on probation for the theft charge for seven months in 2008, but his probation was revoked.

Boyd and Cooper would have been on probation during part of the 18-month investigation into the Cut Throat gang.

Boyd and Cooper were appointed attorneys Justin Coke of Columbia's Baehr Law Firm and Jason Shackelford of the Law Offices of Jason Shackelford P.C. in Centralia, respectively.

The federal prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller, said he has wiretap and other types of evidence against Boyd and Cooper, as well as wiretap evidence from co-defendants implicating Boyd in crimes.

Boyd and Cooper were indicted in January along with 14 others for drug-trafficking conspiracies, drive-by shootings and possession of illegal firearms. The trial for all 16 defendants in the case is scheduled for July 20.

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joseph johnson February 27, 2009 | 12:46 p.m.

Criminals and the Columbia Police Department
By Johnsonjoseph

Posted February 27, 2009 at 12:44 a.m.

What about our uniformed officers that are supposed to protect and serve? This article is in regards to the Columbia Police Department and Detective Joe Jackson. Our community has received a tip from one of Detective Joe Jackson's own men. Wow!! we don't know what to think about this. Looks like Detective Jackson and his crew have been working on, and doing top secret surveillance on a few people in regards to defrauding the Social Services Welfare program (FoodStamp Program). This operation has been going on for about a year or so. I'm sure for the criminal's out there they sure do appreciate that detective giving them the heads up. I guess that's what friends are for. It's allways good to have connections on the inside. There is an article listed on MYSPACE about this situation. I am going to quote some key factors. It seems as if Joe Jackson is not liked in this town. Looks like he hasn't been able to get these gun charges to stick on some of these so-called gang members. Cases are being dismissed due to lack of evidence. What's wrong with that picture? The article on MY SPACE refers to detective Jackson and his crew "THE GOONE SQUAD". WOW, what a name for the CPD Detectives. Looks like these young kids don't trust the police enough to tell them what they want to know. Well I guess I don't blame them if you got one on the inside tipping the criminals off. These cops lie just as much and even more than the people on the street. The MYSPACE ARTICLE also says that "The Detective Goon's will be posted up (sitting) at every grocery store in Columbia, Walmart Super Center in particular. They will be waiting for people to go inside and use other's EBT cards. Once you do you will be arrested. Those that have been under surveillance will be arrested anyway. MYSPACE also has photographs showing these unmarked undercover vehicles that we would probable never have noticed if it weren't for these photo's (the photo's aren't very good, though). This sting is due to go down sometime next week!! This operation could prove to be very dangerous to innocent by standers. One of these criminals could react in a very violent way. Here are some of the license plate #'s posted: Blue Chev Truck (BWE-442), Burgundy Ford Explorer (WB6-W3B), Blue Durango (5CS-67G), Tan Chev Truck w/extended cap (SUE-910), Orange color car similar to a scion with tinted windows, white truck (644-PYI), Chev Truck (2YF-295), Black Truck (2AB-329) extended cab, Tan Truck (9UE-310), Green Chevrolet Silverado (343-R24). Wow, this seems to be a really poor job of surveillance. But, I pretty much expect this from Columbia's Finest!! All of you good people in Columbia be careful and all of the criminals do thank one of the Crew of Detective Joe Jackson!!!

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