A Raytown man who investigators identified as a suspect in a December 2016 homicide in Independence has been sentenced to federal prison for 16 years for illegal gun possession on two occasions.
Quentin Posey, 29, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Kansas City. He pleaded guilty in March to two counts of felony firearm possession. He had prior felony convictions for being an accessory after an armed robbery and kidnapping and theft of public property (involving a $139,000 fraud and theft from the Department of Defense).
According to court documents, Posey was identified as a suspect in the shooting death of 23-year-old Phillip Diaz in a parking lot at Hawthorne Place Apartments in Independence after his first felony indictment and being released on bond.
The first indictment stemmed from a Nov. 2, 2016 traffic stop in which Posey was a passenger. As an officer walked Posey to the curb, a loaded revolver fell from his pant leg. Posey denied knowledge of the gun or of the Diaz homicide on Dec. 4 when officers interviewed him.
Later that month, officers located Posey at another person's Kansas City apartment, laying on some blankets in the living room with a loaded semi-automatic pistol next to him. In both gun cases police also found marijuana.
Another man from Kansas City, 22-year-old Tyrone Willard, has been charged with second-degree murder and distributing 5 grams or less of marijuana in the Diaz homicide. According to court documents, Willard said he arranged the drug deal that resulted Diaz's death but didn't know his associate – not identified in that document – would shoot Diaz and steal the drugs.
Willard, who had been released on his own recognizance, has a warrant out on him for failure to appear in June for this and other cases, according to court records.