A Grandview man has pleaded guilty to federal gun charges connected in part to a triple-homicide and multiple burglary case in Mississippi. One of the defendants in the triple-homicide is a former nurse from Blue Springs.
Reno Dillard, 39, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Kansas City to one count each of felony possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime.
According to court documents, a confidential source told investigators that Dillard had purchased about 20 guns that had been stolen during a Nov. 10, 2016, pawn shop burglary in Gulfport, Mississippi. The suspects in that burglary, 36-year-old former Blue Springs resident Jamison Townsend and her boyfriend Joshua Garcia, allegedly burglarized two other stores and robbed a third one in December. In the final crime in Jackson, Mississippi, they allegedly shot and killed three men who worked there.
When investigators searched Dillard's residence on Jan. 23, they found multiple loaded pistols, a shotgun in a basement safe, a bulletproof vest and additional ammunition. Also in the safe they found more than $2,000, two digital scales, a seed grinder and plastic baggies used to package marijuana for sale.
Dillard had multiple felony convictions for being a DWI persistent offender, distributing a controlled substance and using a loaded firearm while intoxicated. Dillard faces at least five years in federal prison without parole and will be sentenced at a later date.
Townsend and Garcia were captured, Dec. 21, 2016, in Junction City, Kansas, following a deputy chase that ended in a wreck and a short manhunt for Garcia. They were later extradited to Jackson, Mississippi and face several state and federal charges.