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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
United States v. Uder
Citation:98 F. 3d 1039 (8th Cir. 1996)
Mike Willis worked at Lloyd Dale Hightower’s auto shop, doing legitimate auto work, when he suspected it was being used as a chop shop to sell stolen parts and con stolen vehicles. He reported his suspicions to the FBI. R0bert Moon testified that he was in the business at the time of stealing cars for chop shop, including Hightower’s. Hightower was incarcerated, but directed Moon to steal a Suburban and change the bodies before selling it for $2,000. Moon had Charles Berry Roberson steal a 1994 Suburban and had the defendant and Mat Lowrance do the body work for $600 each. Defendant and Lowrance did most of the worked on January 1st and 2nd of 1994. When they went to the auto shop on January 3rd, they were waived off because law enforcement was present. This story was corroborated by Roberson, Lowrance, Rodden, and Hightower’s wife. Defendant was convicted and appealed that there was insufficient evidence for his conviction of operating a chop shop.
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