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  • Independence woman convicted of gun charges

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  • An Independence woman faces 25 years in federal prison for illegally providing firearms to her boyfriend, who is a felon.
    Candice Loyd, 29, was convicted in federal court Wednesday of one count of conspiracy and two counts of aiding and abetting a felon to possess a firearm.
    No sentencing date has been set. Loyd also faces a fine of up to $750,000.
    The live-in boyfriend, Joshua Stamps, 27, pleaded guilty in June to charges of conspiracy and using fire to commit a federal crime, in this case mail fraud. The U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of Missouri says Stamps was part of a group that bought, overinsured and burned five homes in Kansas City in an attempt to collect a total of $1.2 million.
    He faces 10 to 25 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $500,000, and he has to repay the insurance companies involved $434,938, the amount they were defrauded.
    Under the terms of his guilty plea in that case, the charges against Stamps in the gun-possession case are being dropped.
    Stamps, as a felon, cannot legally own firearms or ammunition. Authorities say Loyd bought a Taurus 9mm pistol and a .40-caliber Ruger. When police searched their home in April 2013, they found both pistols and ammunition in a safe in their children’s bedroom. Loyd said the guns were hers, but she didn’t have the combination to the safe and then she told police that Stamps had access to the safe and had the combination, authorities say.

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