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PRESS RELEASE
4/24/12

Charles Brent Wagoner Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced to a 25 Year Sentence for Voluntary Manslaughter and Armed Criminal Action

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that Charles Brent Wagoner of Dixon, Missouri, pled guilty today to Voluntary Manslaughter and Armed Criminal Action as a result of the shooting and death of Roy “Rex” Monroe on March 2, 2011 outside of Dixon.  Mr. Monroe’s body was found laying next to the railroad tracks near the home he shared with Mr. Wagoner. 

Pursuant to the plea agreement in this case, Mr. Wagoner was sentenced today by Judge Greg Warren to a sentence of twenty five years in prison.  Specifically, Judge Warren sentenced him to fifteen years in the Department of Corrections on the Voluntary Manslaughter charge and ten years in the Department of Corrections on the Armed Criminal Action charge, consecutive, for a total sentence of twenty-five years in the Department of Corrections.

“It is my hope that this significant sentence of imprisonment will bring some closure for the family of the victim.  I also hope this sentence serves notice on criminals that those who commit crimes will be held accountable in Pulaski County,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.

This case was prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.

Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

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With modern technology and help from my staff, I'll still be keeping you informed!  If not for some reason, yes we will still be putting info out.

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She will get some credit, but I am not sure how much.  DOC computes it.

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Treatment option is 120 days in DOC treatment program at prison in Fulton for males  I think females go to Vandalia.  If they are not sucessful, they serve remainder of their term.  If they are sucessful and judge lets them out, then they go back on probation with the remainder of the term hanging over their heads.

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That's why I asked for 12 years on her case, but I am not the judge.  However, he explained to me his reasoning and I understand.  The Gilbert case had a lot of issues all over the map and it will be one I remember for a long time. 
The guy with the weed....he would not be in prison today if he had simply followed probation.  Remember, he got probation first and then screwed up.

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Keep in mind that in order to have a felony level of marijuana, it has to be a lot.  Usually, that means that the offender is selling it and not just using it.  So, I think the correct statement would be Judge Sheffield dislikes stoners who also sell dope to other stoners and who can not handle being on probation. :)

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PRESS RELEASE
4/17/12
Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman Ordered to Active Duty in the Missouri Army National Guard for Deployment to Kuwait

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that he has been ordered to active duty in the Missouri Army National Guard beginning in early May for a deployment to Kuwait later this summer.  Mr. Hillman serves as the Command Judge Advocate for the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB).  The 35th CAB has been ordered to active duty with training at Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Hood, and then deployment to Kuwait for approximately nine months.

“As a member of the National Guard, I have always had a contingency plan in place in case this happened,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.    “We have initiated that plan and everything is in place to ensure that the services of the Prosecutor’s Office are not interrupted while I am away.”

Mr. Hillman has requested that the County Commission grant him a military leave of absence, which they have.  In addition, Mr. Hillman has requested that pursuant to Missouri law, the Presiding Judge appoint an acting prosecutor.  Mr. Hillman recommended that his chief assistant prosecutor, Ken Clayton, be appointed to the position.  Judge Storie agreed with that suggestion and Mr. Clayton has been appointed.  In addition, the Commission last year authorized an additional assistant prosecutor position in the event of this deployment, and that position is currently filled. Finally, Mr. Hillman has requested that except for the pay required under the military leave statutes, that his pay be used to fund these additional positions.

“I have full faith and confidence in Ken Clayton’s abilities as the acting prosecutor,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  “Ken served as the elected prosecutor in Phelps County for eight years and has worked in my office for the last year and a half.  His experience and knowledge have proved invaluable to the office for the last year and half and I know he will lead the office well in my absence.  I do not expect that the citizens of Pulaski County to notice any change in the level of service my office provides while I am away.”

“I am very proud in what my office has been able to accomplish over the last year and a half.  I expect that this progress will continue while I am away and have full faith in my staff.  The best move I made in my first year in office was surrounding myself with very good employees and assistant prosecutors who work hard everyday to bring justice to Pulaski County.  I hope that you will support them, my family, and all of Pulaski County law enforcement over the next year.  I want to thank the County Commission, the Judges, the Circuit and County Clerks’ Offices, and all the law enforcement agencies who have worked with me to ensure that this is a smooth transition.  I am proud to serve my country but look forward to getting back to my home and family and once again serving the citizens of Pulaski County,” stated Kevin Hillman.


Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

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PRESS RELEASE
4/17/12
Seven Offenders Sentenced to the Department of Corrections

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that in Circuit Court action over the last two weeks, seven offenders were sentenced to terms of imprisonment in the Department of Corrections.  The seven are:

The first defendant was Brian Hay of Waynesville, Missouri.  Mr. Hays was on probation for Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  After failing to complete the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Storie granted the motion and sentenced Mr. Hays to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the original case.

The second offender was John Bastean of Dixon, Missouri.  Mr. Bastean entered a plea of guilty to the possession of more than 35 grams of marijuana.  Judge Sheffield sentenced Mr. Bastean to seven years in the Department of Corrections, with a treatment option.  The case was investigated by the Waynesville Police Department.

The third defendant was Candice Harden of Richland.  Ms. Harden pled guilty to felony DWI.  Judge Storie sentenced her to four years in the Department of Corrections, with a treatment option.  This case was investigated by the St. Robert Police Department.

The fourth defendant was Daniel Butler of St. Robert.  Mr. Butler pled guilty to burglary.  Judge Storie sentenced Mr. Butler to three years in the Department of Corrections.  This case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The fifth offender was Sarah Plemmons of Richland, Missouri.  Ms. Plemmons was on probation for forgery and failed to follow the terms and conditions of her probation.  The Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation and Judge Storie granted the motion.  Judge Storie revoked her probation and sentenced her to four years in the Department of Corrections with a treatment option.  The original case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The sixth defendant was Derrick Redden of Waynesville, Missouri.  Mr. Redden was on probation for burglary.  After failing to follow the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Storie granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The Waynesville Police Department investigated the case.

The seventh offender was Ryan Maness of Richland, Missouri.  Mr. Maness was on probation for felony stealing.  After failing to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Storie granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the Richland Police Department and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

“Once again, the hard work of law enforcement in Pulaski County is paying off with offenders being taken off the street and sent to the Department of Corrections.  We continue to take a tough stand on probationers who do not follow the terms and conditions of their probation and they can expect that to continue,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman. “Probation is a second chance, and if a person cannot comply with the terms of probation, they need to go to prison.”

The cases were prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Ken Clayton, Laura Kriebs, Dean Matthews, and Bill Hardwick.



Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

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PRESS RELEASE
4/17/12
Ashley Gilbert Sentenced to Eight Years for Voluntary Manslaughter
Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that Ashley Gilbert was sentenced yesterday by Judge Tracy Storie to eight years in the Department of Corrections for her role in the May 2009 death of David Blankenship in Dixon.  Last month, Gilbert pled guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter as part of a plea agreement with the Prosecuting Attorney.  In exchange for her plea of guilty, the Prosecuting Attorney agreed to reduce the charge from murder in the second degree to voluntary manslaughter, and recommend a sentence of twelve years. 

However, the plea was what is known as an open plea, meaning the judge had discretion as to the length of the sentence.  The Board of Probation and Parole then conducted a sentencing assessment report (SAR), and provided that to the judge.  The SAR contained a recommendation of a six year sentence.  After reviewing the SAR and conducting a sentencing hearing at which evidence from the victim’s family and the defendant’s family was presented and both attorneys made recommendations and arguments, Judge Storie ordered an eight year sentence.  Judge Storie based this decision on the fact that Gilbert’s co-defendant, Robert Fortner, was also sentenced to eight years in this case.

“While I argued for a twelve year sentence and thought that it was appropriate, I understand Judge Storie’s decision.  He had to weigh all of the factors in this case, including the victim’s family’s statements, and I believe he did,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  “I am happy that this very difficult case resulted in a conviction and a sentence in the Department of Corrections.  I was appalled to see this defendant freely walking the streets of Dixon after this incident and I am happy that she had to answer for her role in the killing of another human being.”

This case was prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Attorney General Ted Bruce.  The case was investigated by the Dixon Police Department and the Division of Drug and Crime Control of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

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The Prosecutor's Office will be hosting 2 events during Victim's Rights Week this year.  The first is  breakfast on April 25 @ 7:00 am at the Hampton Inn in St. Robert.  The second is a beneft golf tournament at the new Par 3 course in St. Robert on April 27th @ 2 pm.  Proceeds will benefit victim service groups here in Pulaski County.  I have attached flyers to this post for those that are interested.

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 PRESS RELEASE4/9/12Stacy Powell Sentenced to a 25 Year Sentence for Voluntary Manslaughter and Armed Criminal Action
Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that Stacy Powell, who previously pled guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter and Armed Criminal Action as a result of the shooting and death of her husband in 2008, was sentenced today by Judge Tracy Storie to a sentence of twenty five years in prison.  Specifically, Judge Storie sentenced her to fifteen years in the Department of Corrections on the Voluntary Manslaughter charge and ten years in the Department of Corrections on the Armed Criminal Action charge, consecutive, for a total sentence of twenty-five years in the Department of Corrections.
 
“It is my hope that this significant sentence of imprisonment will bring some closure for the family of the victim.  I also hope this sentence serves notice on criminals that those who commit crimes will be held accountable in Pulaski County,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.

This case was prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.
 
Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

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It happened in 2008 but was discovered later as the guardianship and probate process played out.  It was then reported to law enforcement.

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Before the question is asked, you will not see this case on my press release.  The reason is that one of my assistant prosecutors is a key witness in the case.  She, along with another local attorney who got involved in the guardianship case involving these victims, notified the authorities of what was happening.  Since she is a witness, I asked the Phelps County Prosecutor to handle the case as a special prosecutor.  This is part of our ongoing agreement to handle these cases between the counties at no cost to either county and thus, the taxpayers.

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PRESS RELEASE
4/4/12

Cody Willcoxson Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer in the First Degree As a Result of May 2011 Incident Involving High Speed Chase from Fort Leonard Wood to Rolla

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that Cody Willcoxson has pled guilty to two counts of Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer as a result of the high speed chase with shots fired that took started on Fort Leonard Wood and went to Rolla.  These pleas are only related to the incidents that took place in Pulaski County and Mr. Willcoxson still faces numerous other charges in Phelps County.

The plea agreement in this case is simply that in exchange for Mr. Willcoxson entering a plea of guilty to these two charges, which as Class A felonies were the most serious of the charges.  In exchange, the Prosecuting Attorney agreed to dismiss the other lesser charges related to the Pulaski County portion of the chase.  The Board of Probation and Parole will now conduct a Sentencing Assessment Report to provide to Judge Storie.  Sentencing will take place on June 11, 2012.  Mr. Willcoxson faces two potential life sentences as a result of these pleas.

“I am happy to see this case brought to a close with Mr. Willcoxson facing a long, long time in prison.  His actions on that day put the lives of not only the law enforcement officers who were simply doing their job, but the lives of many innocent people in danger,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  “After consulting with the officers who were the victims in this case, and with the many additional charges pending in Phelps County, I believed it best to close out the Pulaski County cases with these significant convictions and the lengthy sentences that are likely to follow.  I believe that this case sends a message that conduct that puts law enforcement officers and innocent citizens in danger will not be tolerated.”

The Prosecutors Office would like to thank the St. Robert Police Department and specifically Chief Curtis Curenton and Officer Trenton Herr for their bravery during this incident and their hard work afterwards with the investigation helping to ensure these convictions. 

Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

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Yes, replace he with she and the same applies. Sorry.

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You could, but they would still have to serve him.  If he is an absconder from probation, he probably has a warrant for his arrest.  My guess is he will be picked up sooner or later.

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I don't think that is right because she was arrested on the scene and has never been out of custody.  She might have received benefit, but I don't think she ever had any cosmetic surgery in our jail.  You must be thinking of another case.

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PRESS RELEASE
3/26/12

Stacy Powell Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter and Armed Criminal Action, with an Agreement for a 25 Year Sentence

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that Stacy Powell, who was originally charged with murder in the first degree and armed criminal action, entered a plea to voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action today pursuant to a plea agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office before Judge Tracy Storie. In exchange for her plea of guilty, the Prosecuting Attorney filed the reduced charge of Voluntary Manslaughter along with the Armed Criminal Action charge and agreed to recommend the maximum sentence of fifteen years on the Voluntary Manslaughter charge and ten years on the Armed Criminal Action charge, consecutive, for a total sentence of twenty-five years in the Department of Corrections.”

“Four years to the day of the death of Mr. Powell, I am happy that we are finally able to bring this case to a close with a conviction and a significant sentence of imprisonment,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  “We consulted with the family, the police officers who investigated this case, the Assistant Attorney General who was assigned to assist us in this case, as well as my own team of prosecutors prior to this deal.  We concluded that if we had gone to trial, we would have likely received a similar sentence and this deal assured a conviction.  In addition, many of the witnesses are now located throughout the United States and across the world and the expense to the taxpayer in a trial would have been significant.  However, the main concern was that the defendant be required to answer for her actions on that day and we believe this sentence will make her do just that.”

“I want to thank past and current Deputies Don Hayden, Dianne Hayden, Mike Denny, Brandon Robertson, Bill Anderson, Jim Beasley, Coroner Mikel Hartness, and Sheriff J.B. King for their hard work in investigating this case.  I also want to thank the Missouri State Highway Patrol who assisted with the initial investigation and the Highway Patrol crime lab who did extensive testing in regards to this case.  I also wish to thank Elizabeth Bock of the Attorney General’s Office for her assistance and my entire staff for their hard work in this case.  Finally I want to thank the family of Mr. Powell who cooperated with us through this entire difficult process,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman. “It takes the hard work of all of these law enforcement officials to bring a tough case like this to a close and I appreciate their teamwork and dedication.”




Ms. Powell will be sentenced on April 9, 2012, to allow the family of the victim to arrive from across the county to give victim impact statements to the Court during that hearing.  Although she could be sentenced to life imprisonment, it is likely the Court will accept the plea agreement in this case and sentence her to twenty five years in the Department of Corrections.

Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

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Yes, anytime she has served on the current charge will count by operation of law.  Anyone, including repeat offenders, are eligible for parole at some point in their sentence.  It is a complex formula and up to the parole board and neither I or the judge have any control over it.  I dismissed the escape charge as part of this agreement and it was only a class d felony with a maximum of 4 years.  Even if convicted of that, the time likely would have been served concurrent anyways.
 
Again, I realize this is a not a perfect sentence, but it was not a perfect case.

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What left a bad taste in my mouth was when Gilbert was let free and had no punishment in 2010.  That was why I refiled the case to see if we could make her answer somehow for what she did.  Remember, major portions of her confession were suppressed by the judge in the first case and I think it would have happened again.  Her codefendant only got 8 years (prior to my taking office) and he was supposed to be the State's star witness and he was completely unreliable.  We did this agreement after consulting with the family.  I wanted to make sure that she at least got punished for this crime in some way and this was the best way to guarantee it.  A trial with the issues in this case would have been a 50/50 proposition at best. Not a perfect result but probably the best we could do with what we had.

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Yes, that is correct, I agreed to recommend a sentence of 12 years to induce her to plead guilty.  The judge does not have to follow my plea recommendation.  This was done in consultation with the AGs office, the family of the victim, and my other prosecutors.

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PRESS RELEASE
3/12/12
Ashley Gilbert Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that Ashley Gilbert, who was originally charged with murder in the second degree, entered a plea to voluntary manslaughter today pursuant to a plea agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office before Judge Tracy Storie. In exchange for her plea of guilty, the Prosecuting Attorney filed the reduced charge of Voluntary Manslaughter and agreed to recommend a sentence of no more than twelve years.  This case was refiled in 2011 after it was originally dismissed just prior to trial in 2010. 

“I am pleased that we were able to bring this difficult case to a close with a conviction.  There were some significant legal issues with this case.  In the original case, much of the defendant’s confession was suppressed due to some problems with the recording of it.  I anticipated that this evidence would have been suppressed again.  In addition, a plea deal was made prior to my handling of this case with a co-defendant for his testimony.  That co-defendant turned out to be worthless to this case as I believed him to be unreliable.  Taking these factors into consideration, and after consulting with the family of the victim and my team of prosecutors, we believed we should make the plea agreement we made in this case.  I am happy that we were able to make those responsible for the death of Mr. Blankenship answer for their actions,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.

“I want to thank SGT Dottie Taylor and CPL Scott Mertens of the Division of Drug and Crime Control of the Missouri State Highway Patrol for their hard work in investigating this case.  I also want to thank the Dixon Police Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with the investigation of this case.  I also wish to thank Ted Bruce of the Attorney General’s Office for his assistance and my entire staff for their hard work in this case.  Finally I want to thank the family of Mr. Blankenship who cooperated with us through this entire process,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman. “It takes the hard work of all of these law enforcement officials to bring a tough case like this to a close and I appreciate their teamwork and dedication.”

The Board of Probation and Parole will now conduct a Sentencing Assessment Report and Ms. Gilbert will be sentenced at a later date by Judge Storie.  She faces up to fifteen years in prison as a result of her guilty plea to a class B felony.

Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.
 

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PRESS RELEASE
3/13/12
5 Sentenced to the Department of Corrections
Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that five offenders were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in Circuit Court action over the past two weeks.
The first offender, Ronnie Lawson of Argyle, Missouri, was on probation for felony stealing.  Mr. Lawson violated the terms and conditions of his probation by failing to report as ordered and failing to complete community service.  As a result, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Storie granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to 3 years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the Dixon Police Department.
The second offender was Benjamin Flores of Richland.  The defendant pled guilty to felony leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident where there was another injured.  Judge Storie sentenced the defendant to 2 years in the Department of Corrections.  The case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
The third defendant was Quenten Warren of St. Robert.  The defendant was on probation for unlawful use of a weapon.  The Defendant was attempting to steal from Wal-Mart when he fled from a police officer attempting to arrest him.  As a result, the defendant pled guilty to resisting arrest.  In addition, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Gaston sentenced the defendant to four years on the resisting arrest charge and revoked his probation and sentenced him to four years on his probation violation.  Both cases were investigated by the St. Robert Police Department.
The fourth case involved Daniel Johnson of St. Robert as the defendant.  Mr. Johnson pled guilty to burglary.  In addition Mr. Johnson was already on probation for felony stealing.  As a result of the new offense, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Gaston granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to five years on the probation revocation and five years on the burglary charge.  The original case was investigated by the St. Robert Police Department and the new case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
In the final case, Stephen Gordon of Rochester, New Hampshire, pled guilty to burglary.  Judge Gaston sentenced the Defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case.

These cases were prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Ken Clayton, Laura Kriebs, Dean Matthews, and Bill Hardwick. 
Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.
 

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Usually they are people who are repeat offenders and they want them put on state probation instead of the probation in city court.

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PRESS RELEASE
02/14/2012

12 Sentenced to the Department of Corrections

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that twelve offenders were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in court action over the past two weeks.

The first offender, William Berkshire of Plato, pled guilty to possession of heroin.  Judge Colin Long sentenced him to four years in the Department of Corrections with the option for treatment.  The St. Robert Police Department originally investigated this case.

The second offender, Steven Urbas of Richland, pled guilty to misdemeanor assault.  In addition, Mr. Urbas was on probation for Felony Non-support of his children.  As a result of the new conviction, Judge Warren revoked his probation on the felony charge and sentenced him to serve two years in the Department of Corrections.  The misdemeanor case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the felony case was investigated by the Child Support Enforcement Agency.

The third offender, Albert Anderson of St. Louis, pled guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree.  Judge Storie sentenced him to three years in the Department of Corrections.  The Waynesville Police Department investigated this case.

The fourth offender was Jesse Roberts of Dixon.  Mr. Roberts pled guilty to Felonious Restraint.  Judge Storie sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections with the option for treatment.  The case was originally investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The fifth case involved Douglas Eubanks of Devils Elbow.  Mr. Eubanks was on probation for driving while intoxicated and driving while suspended.  Subsequently, the defendant was charged with another leaving the scene of an accident.  The Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke which Judge Storie granted.  He sentenced the Defendant to two years in the Department of Corrections on each count concurrent.  The original case was investigated by the Waynesville Police Department.

The sixth offender, Gary Harrison of Richland, was on probation for Burglary in the Second Degree.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Storie granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to serve seven years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the St. Robert Police Department.

The seventh case involved Michael Sauls of Crocker.  The Defendant was on probation for Passing Bad Checks and Failure to Return Rental Property.  After failing to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Wiggins granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to two seven year sentences, concurrent. The original case was investigated by the Crocker Police Department.

The eighth offender was Katena Pierce of Richland.  The Defendant was on probation for Felony Non-Support of her children.  The Defendant failed to comply with the terms and conditions of her probation and the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Wiggins granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The case was originally investigated by the Child Support Enforcement Agency.

The ninth defendant was Derek Parker of Dixon.  The Defendant was on probation for Forgery. The Defendant failed to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation.  The Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation and Judge Wiggins granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the St. Robert Police Department.

The tenth case involved Star Lynn Gann of Dixon.  Ms. Gann pled guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree.  Judge Wiggins sentenced the Defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the St. Robert Police Department.

The eleventh defendant was Terry Doolittle of St. Clair.  The Defendant pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Judge Wiggins sentenced him to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The final case dealt with Jeffrey Faubus of Richland.  Mr. Faubus was on probation for resisting arrest.  After failing to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Mary Sheffield granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections with a treatment option.  The original case was investigated by the Richland Police Department.

“I commend the hard work of our local law enforcement in getting these results. I hope that criminals are getting the message that they will be held accountable for their actions in Pulaski County and these sentences serve as an example of that,” said Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.   

These cases were prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Ken Clayton, Laura Kriebs, Dean Matthews, and Bill Hardwick. 

Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

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Not sure what the disturbing the peace gambit is, never seen anyone charged with that for carrying a weapon  in my 12 years in this field.  However, this bill would only restrict local communities from preventing open carry and that is it.  The rest of the proposal is already required by law as statutes trump ordinances.

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PRESS RELEASE
1/20/12

8 Sentenced to the Department of Corrections

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that eight offenders were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in court action over the past two weeks.

Andre McLean, of Fort Leonard Wood, was originally on probation for Fraudulent Use of a Credit Device.  After absconding from probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Sheffield granted the motion, revoked his probation, and sentenced him to serve three years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the St. Robert Police Department.

William Elms, of Dixon, was originally on probation for Felony Non-Support of his Children.  After committing new offenses while on probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Sheffield granted the motion, revoked his probation, and sentenced him to serve three years in the Department of Corrections. The original case was investigated by the Child Support Enforcement Agency.

Joshua Donaldson, of Dixon, pled guilty to Forgery, a class C felony.  Judge Sheffield sentenced the defendant to serve two years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the Dixon Police Department.

Nathan Trigg, of Waynesville, was originally on probation for 2 counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance.  After violating the terms and conditions of his probation by committing a new offense, absconding, and testing positive for illegal substances, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Sheffield granted the motion, revoked his probation, and sentenced him to serve two seven years sentences in the Department of Corrections, to run concurrent with one another.  The original cases were handled by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Brandon Veasman, of Dixon, pled guilty to Tampering in the First Degree, a class C felony.  Judge Storie sentenced the defendant to serve three years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

James Thomas, of Dixon, was on probation for Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.  After violating the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation. Judge Sheffield granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to serve two years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Melissa Berry, of Laquey, was on probation for stealing a motor vehicle.  After violating the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Sheffield granted the motion, revoked her probation, and sentenced her to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The defendant is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was investigated by the St. Robert Police Department.

Aaron Weyrauch, of Laquey, was on probation for Tampering 1st Degree and Burglary, 2nd Degree.  After violating the terms and conditions of his probation by committing new offenses, the Prosecutor’s Office filed motions to revoke his probation.  Both Judge Storie and Judge Sheffield granted the motions.  Judge Sheffield sentenced the Defendant to serve seven years in the Department of Corrections.  Five days later, Judge Storie sentenced the Defendant to serve five years in the Department of Corrections, concurrent with the other sentence.  The original cases were handled by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

“Offenders need to realize that there are going to be consequences if they violate their probation.  The Prosecutor’s Office is watching and will take the steps necessary to protect the law abiding citizens of Pulaski County,” said Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.

These cases were prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Ken Clayton, Dean Matthews, Laura Kriebs, and Bill Hardwick.


Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

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Local News / Re: Money missing at Waynesville Schools
« on: January 14, 2012, 12:16:40 AM »
I respectfully disagree that I backpedaled because I never said charges were going to be filed at x time.  We simply told the media more information would be forthcoming the next day.  My staff is trained to state that there is no information at this time and to speak with me.  I told my staff to tell the media I would issue a press release the next day because I declined to be interviewed because I was in the middle of probation revocation hearings and they kept calling wanting a comment.  Some in the media put words in my mouth and ran with it before speaking with me.  I honestly was shocked when they showed me the headlines at the Commission meeting.
 
I issue a lot of press releases, not just on who is charged, but on who gets sent to DOC, mid-year and end of the year reports, McGruff the Crime dog events etc.  I made a pledge to try and inform the public as best as I can within the limitations of ethical considerations.  However, many times the press releases on charges are released on a time delay so it does not tip off the criminals that the police may be looking for them.  I also at times delete names because of victim concerns (i.e. an incest charge or rape). 
 
I would say lets all please take a collective breath and have a little patience to let me do my job.  Cases that involve records take more time than a drug possession case and require the right types of folks to look at them.  That is what is being done. I do not believe there is a danger to the community right now nor do I believe the subject or subjects are in a position to continue the alleged conduct.  The problem here is there are people leaking information that is inaccurate, partially true, and downright wrong.  If, or when, charges are filed, and if the case goes to court, then all of the facts will come out. Be assurred, I am taking this case very seriously and have the best people working on it right now.

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PRESS RELEASE
1/10/12

Prosecutor’s End of the Year Report for 2011

As we have concluded 2011, I wanted to report to the citizens of Pulaski County on what my office accomplished last year and the progress we have made.  I think it is important for the taxpayers to know how their tax dollars are being spent and whether their elected officials are good stewards of the tax dollars.  I believe we made significant progress in my first year in office and I promise to continue to work hard for the citizens of Pulaski County to keep Pulaski County a safe place to live.

Here are some of the statistics from last year and a comparison of the previous year:

  In 2011, my office filed 1716 criminal cases (not including traffic or conservation cases).  This was an increase of around 60% over 2010.
  • My office filed over 4038 traffic and conservation cases in 2011, around a 2.4% increase over 2010.
  • In 2011, my office collected and disbursed $179,416 in restitution to victims of crimes.  This was an increase of 9% over 2010.
  • In 2011, my office collected $23580 in delinquent taxes owed to the State of Missouri.  This collection returned $4716 to Pulaski County, which ½ went to my office and ½ was given to the general revenue of the county.  This was a 288% increase over 2010.
  • In 2011, my office collected $29950 in bad checks fees, an increase of 12% over 2010.
  • In 2011, my office assisted in the collection of $38643 in County Law Enforcement Restitution Fees (CLERF), an increase of 6.5% over 2010.  This money was used to support law enforcement activities in the county to include office expenses to run my office, witness fees, the purchase of equipment for the jail, and the purchase of a police cruiser for the Sheriff’s Department.  These funds, paid by offenders, saved money that would have had to come out of general revenue.  At the end of the year, the CLERF had $11952 left over to support law enforcement activities in 2012, versus only $53 at the beginning of last year.
  • In 2011, my office collected $1906 Prosecutor’s Training funds derived from a small portion of court costs.  This was an increase of 1% over 2010 and allowed every staff member in my office to receive training opportunities this year, while retaining monies for next year.
  • In 2011, my office served as the County’s Counselor for the first time in many years, negating the need for the County to hire outside legal counsel with general revenue funds. 
  • In 2011, I made an agreement with the Phelps County Prosecutor to serve as special prosecutor on conflict of interest cases from his county in exchange for the same services to Pulaski County at no charge.  In 2010, special prosecutors cost Pulaski County $4961.  This year the cost to taxpayers was $0 because of this arrangement, saving taxpayers nearly $5000.
  • In 2011, my office earned a reimbursement from the State for our child support efforts of $46367.  This was an increase of 6% over 2010.
  • In 2011, my office assisted in earning $253523 in prisoner reimbursement costs as a result of obtaining convictions on jail inmates and receiving sentences in the Department of Corrections.  This was an increase of 28% over 2010.
  • At the beginning of 2011, the Pulaski County Jail had 64 inmates it was responsible for housing.  After working hard to process their cases and send many to the Department of Corrections, by the end of 2011, the Pulaski County Jail had 44 inmates it was responsible for housing.  This resulted in a savings to the taxpayers of the County of approximately $700 per day.
  • My office was able to dispose of 4378 total cases this year either by trial or a plea of guilty.  Here is the breakdown of those dispositions:

a. Conservation cases: 35
b. Misdemeanors:        341
c. Felonies:                  269
d. Infractions:              496
e. Traffic:                    3237   

  My office was able to accomplish all of these tasks under budget.
 
In addition to these statistics, we have also made the following improvement or additions to the office last year:

  Improved the computer system by adding upgraded desktop units that were surplus from the City of St. Robert, adding scanning capability, and upgrading to a single unit that was networked and could scan, fax, and print.  In addition, we did simple things such as adding an off-site back-up of our server and creating our own domain for e-mail and a website. (www.pulaskicountymopa.com).
  • Worked to reestablish the bad check collection program in the community by providing information and signs to merchants and working with the business community to assist in the collection of bad checks.
  • Hired additional staff members to include new assistant prosecutors and support staff to handle the increased work load and population growth of Pulaski County.
  • Brought McGruff the Crime Dog to Pulaski County through donations from local business.  McGruff has made appearances at numerous events in 2011 with is crime prevention message for kids. Thank you Security Bank, First State Bank, Fort Wood Hotels, and Mid-America Bank and Trust!
  • All staff members in the Prosecutor’s Office completed a ride along with a police agency in Pulaski County to show our support for law enforcement officers and also to gain a better appreciation of what they do on their jobs.
  • We made significant improvements to the Victim Advocate Program and the Victim Advocate is now notifying victims of crimes of offender court dates and dispositions of cases. 

As we go into 2012, I want to report that there is a possibility that I may be called to active duty for a nine month deployment to Kuwait with the Missouri Army National Guard in May 2012.  As many of you know, I am the Command Judge Advocate for the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade and we have been given an alert for deployment.  As this is always a possibility when you serve in the National Guard, I have planned for this event and have worked with the County Commission, the Presiding Judge, and my staff to ensure a viable plan.  If I do deploy, one of my assistant prosecutors, Ken Clayton, who served as the elected prosecutor in Phelps County for eight years, will serve as the acting prosecutor in my place.  Ken is a very experienced attorney, prosecutor and manager and I do not anticipate any interruption in service while I am on a leave of absence for my deployment.  I am fully confident that Ken, along with my entire staff, will continue their good work even if I am not present.

It has been a very busy year and I am proud of what we have accomplished and hope to build on our success for 2012.  I hope this report provides some details into what the Prosecutor’s Office has been doing and how your tax dollars are being spent.  I am honored in the trust and confidence that the citizens of Pulaski County have placed in me by electing me prosecuting attorney. 

I would like to personally thank the judges, clerks, bailiffs, law enforcement officers, and most importantly my staff, who all work hard to make the criminal justice system in Pulaski County work.  All of these folks work very hard to make Pulaski County a safe place to live.  It is truly a team effort.  If you ever need to contact me or wish to see the Prosecutor’s Office at work, please call 573-774-4770 to schedule an appointment.

Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

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Local News / Re: Money missing at Waynesville Schools
« on: January 13, 2012, 03:34:26 AM »
It is completely unethical for me to release a name until charges are filed.  I would like to keep my law license.  There has, and continues to be an extensive investigation here and I am not going to take action until all of the facts are known.  I don't release any names until charges are filed, I don't care who it is.  To run off half baked without all of the facts would be wasting taxpayer dollars.  I, along with the other prosecutors in my office, will make a determination when all of the facts are known and we are confident in going forward.  I fully understand everyone's frustration, but we owe it to the kids in the school district to get this one right. 

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