Lamar man sentenced to 20 years in prison for for drug & firearm charges

LAMAR, Mo. – A Federal Judge today sentenced a Lamar resident and career offender to 20 years in federal prison without parole.

On Nov. 17, 2021, Jerold G. Lake, 40, pleaded guilty to the following:

  • One count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • One count of Possessing Methamphetamine with the Intent to Distribute
  • One count of Possessing a Firearm in furtherance of a Drug-Trafficking Crime.

Lake was the passenger in a vehicle stopped by Barton County, Mo., sheriff’s deputies in Lamar on May 15, 2020. Deputies searched the vehicle and found a stolen Glock .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun under Lake’s seat.

Previous Crimes

Lake was wanted previously for leading police on a chase that ended with him ditching his vehicle and attempting to flee from police on foot after running into spike strips.

Deputies arrested Lake, who was in possession of 4.2 grams of methamphetamine, 3.2 grams of marijuana, and $1,072 in cash. They found a black backpack on the driver’s seat of Lake’s vehicle that contained 35.28 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

According to court documents, Lake is a member of the Southwest Honkeys, a violent gang in southwest Missouri. He has Southwest Honkeys tattoos on his chest and stomach, and a skull with “SS” lightning bolts on his back.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Lake has two prior felony convictions for possession of methamphetamine, two prior felony convictions for possession of a chemical with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and prior felony convictions for resisting a lawful stop (in which he fled from officers at speeds up to 130 miles per hour before crashing into a yard), receiving stolen property, conspiracy to deliver or conceal a controlled substance to a correctional facility, attempting to steal a motor vehicle, first degree assault and armed criminal action. Lake also accumulated numerous violations while on probation and parole, and while incarcerated – Western Disrict of Missouri Courts


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