KANSAS CITY, MO – A Kansas City, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to his role in a conspiracy to kidnap and torture an Independence, Mo., man.
Randal G. Holmes, also known as “Peckerwood” or “Wood,” 53, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays to one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, one count of kidnapping, one count of conspiracy to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana and one count of brandishing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.
According to plea agreement, Holmes’s co-conspirators purchased at least 120 pounds of marijuana from a source in Colorado, for which they made more than a dozen trips between Colorado and Kansas City. Holmes received $100 for every pound of marijuana brought back to Kansas City because of his prior connection to the source in Colorado. On September 12, 2016, Holmes and other conspirators agreed to kidnap the victim, a co-conspirator in the drug-trafficking conspiracy identified in court documents as “C.H.,” because he stole money that was intended for the purchase of marijuana.
Holmes arrived at the Independence, Mo., residence of the victim’s father, identified as “W.H.,” on September 12, 2016. Conspirators told W.H. to call C.H. and tell him he was being held at gunpoint and that C.H. needed to come to the residence right away.