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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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Local News / Re: Money missing at Waynesville Schools
« on: January 13, 2012, 03:17:05 AM »
Every news reporter was calling and asking for information so I thought we needed to put out what we could so folks would know that it is not being overlooked or swept under the rug.  When my staff came in and I was in the middle of court, that was about the best I could do.  Sorry for the confusion. 

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Local News / Re: Money missing at Waynesville Schools
« on: January 13, 2012, 02:25:50 AM »
I'm sure that someone said something...... if the media didn't talk to the PA himself I would imagine that they wouldn't run with something unless the person or persons that they did speak with held themselves out to be an official spokesman and had the authority to give that information. 

KY3 called and asked to speak to me yesterday when I was in court.  They said they had been tipped that charges were going to be filed.  My staff member told them that we would have more information tomorrow and a press release.  They took that as charges and ran with it and others followed.  The press release that we released is posted and simply says this is still under investigation. I typically release press releases when charges in higher profile cases are filed and will continue to do so.  However, I do not release when I am filing charges or names until the appropriate time.  I think it was simply a misunderstanding.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Press Releases / Re: PCSD- Arrest Armed Robbery
« on: January 02, 2012, 03:45:03 AM »
You are just wrong and make wild assumptions to do a little character assisination on me and I don't appreciate it.  First, you accuse me of protecting this guy because he was an informer.  That is absolutely false!  Secondly, you keep bringing up a case from years ago that I know nothing about.  Then you act like the victims in this case wanted something different than this outcome. That is absolutely false!  I personally spoke to them and they asked me to make this deal.  They were in my office for over an hour discussing it with me. Have you ever spoken with the victims?  Get your facts straight before you accuse me of something that I did not do.  Finally, this was an open plea, meaning I did not make a sentencing recommendation.  However, the judge gave him the maximum.  Finally, you assume that I would have easily won this case and then had the court max out his sentence.  That is also incorrect.  I am guessing you did not interview the witnesses and review the evidence.  I did, and there were problems which made me think this was a good course of action.  You would have been on here making even wilder accusations if I had taken this case to trial and lost and this guy was walking around today.  I did what I beleived was in the best interests of the citizens of Pulaski County, and that was to send him back to prison.
 
I have made mistakes in cases throughout the years, and have made mistakes this last year.  However, this case was not one of those mistakes and I did what the victims in this case wanted!  I think you are way out of place to second guess these folks.
 
I am sorry about your son, but I am a little sick of your accusations and incorrect statements.  By the way, with his record, he will probably serve most of his sentence.  But neither I nor you can predict what the parole board will do.
 
You may schedule an appointment with me at 573-774-4770 if you want to make these accusations to me personally. 

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Pulaski County Sheriff Press Releases / Re: PCSD- Arrest Armed Robbery
« on: December 31, 2011, 05:25:51 PM »
I fail to grasp what the complaint is.  He is in prison for seven years.  What more do you want us to do.  I do not know what happened on some Federal case years ago.  Maybe you could enlighten all of us on what conspiracy we are all involved in that we should go to prison for.  By the way, I personally spoke with the victims in the current case, and this is what they wanted.  If you have a complaint about me or my office, my number is 573-774-4770 and my receptionist has appointment times anyone can call and make to see me.

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3 Sentenced to the Department of Corrections
Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that three offenders were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in court action over the past two weeks. The first offender, Anthony Goree, of St. Robert, was on probation on a charge of Tampering in the First Degree.  After violating the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke the Defendant’s probation.  Judge Storie granted the motion by revoking his probation and sentenced the Defendant to three years in the Department of Corrections. The original investigating agency on this case was the St. Robert Police Department. The second offender was Ashley Monell of Crocker.  She was on probation from a charge of unlawful use of a weapon.  After violating the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Warren granted the motion by revoking her probation and sentencing her to four years in the Department of Corrections. The original investigating agency was the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. The final offender, Richard Greene, was sentenced in Phelps County Circuit Court on a change of venue case from Pulaski County.  Mr. Greene was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections by Judge Sheffield after the prosecutor’s office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  He had previously pled guilty to stealing a backhoe.  The original investigating agency was the St. Robert Police Department. These cases were prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ken Clayton.  Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

 

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PRESS RELEASE
12/8/11

7 Offenders Sentenced to Prison

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that seven offenders were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in Circuit Court actions during the last two weeks.

The first defendant, Kendall Sinden of Dixon, was sentenced by Judge John Wiggins to two years in the Department of Corrections.  Mr. Sinden pled guilty to Tampering in the First Degree for attempting to steal an automobile on July 12, 2010.  Mr. Sinden is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.

The second defendant, Auston Bradstreet of St. Robert, was sentenced to four years in the Department of Corrections by Judge John Wiggins.  Mr. Bradstreet pled guilty to Property Damage in the First Degree for unlawfully stripping off cooper wire from an air conditioning unit.

The third defendant, Gary Chapman of Dixon, was on probation for Tampering in the First Degree.  After committing new offenses, the Prosecutor’s Office moved to revoke his probation.  Judge John Wiggins granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to three years in the Department of Corrections.

The fourth defendant, David Timmons of Dixon, was on probation for Hindering Prosecution.  After committing new offenses, the Prosecutor’s Office moved to revoke his probation.  Judge Colin Long granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.

The fifth defendant, Chad Brinkley of Dixon, was sentenced to four years in the Department of Corrections by Judge Tracy Storie.  Mr. Brinkley pled guilty to felony Driving While Intoxicated for an incident on October 19, 2010, after having three prior DWI convictions.  Mr. Brinkley is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.

The sixth defendant, Joshua Estrada of St. Robert, was on probation for Burglary in the Second Degree.  After committing new offenses, the Prosecutor’s Office moved to revoke his probation.  Judge Tracy Storie granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  Mr. Estrada is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.

The final defendant, Randy Knight of Lebanon, was sentenced to two years in the Department of Corrections by Judge Tracy Storie.  Mr. Knight pled guilty to Passing Bad Checks on a closed account on June 20, 2010.

“The hard work and dedication of law enforcement personnel, my staff, and the courts, made these sentences possible.  Be assured, we will continue to work hard to bring offenders to justice for their crimes and keep Pulaski County a safe place to live,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman

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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Yes, what type of case is it?  Some of them do not show on the public part of casenet.

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Kathy is correct, we will need the check (or the electronic copy) and for you to fill out a form and bring it up to our office.  I can send you the form or it is available if you come to the office.  There is no charge to you.  In fact, if we collect on the check you get a fee and so does the county.  We are open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and are located on the 3rd floor of the courthouse.
 
Kevin

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PRESS RELEASE
11/21/11

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that three offenders were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in court action today.

The first, Andrew Parsley of Richland, received two seven year sentences in the Department of Corrections from Judge Colin Long.  Mr. Parsley pled guilty to the forgery of a traffic ticket, admitting to signing someone else’s name on the ticket.  He also pled guilty to possession of oxycodone, a controlled substance. His cases were investigated by the Waynesville and St. Robert Police Departments.

The second defendant, Christopher Wright of Laquey, was sentenced to a four year sentence in the Department of Corrections by Judge Mary Sheffield.  Mr. Wright pled guilty to stealing a credit card and then using the stolen credit card without the owner’s permission.  His case was investigated by the Waynesville Police Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The final defendant sentenced to the Department of Corrections was David Rollins of Edgar Springs.  Mr. Rollins violated the terms and conditions of his probation by committing new offenses and upon a motion by the prosecutor’s office, Judge Sheffield revoked his probation and sentenced him to four years in the Department of Corrections.  He was on probation originally for possession of a controlled substance. His cases were investigated by the Waynesville and Dixon Police Departments and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

“The hard work by our local law enforcement officers is paying off with these sentences,” said Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  “Criminals need to be aware that law enforcement and my office are working hard to bring them to justice whenever possible.”

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

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

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PRESS RELEASE
11/14/11

Six Sentenced to the Department of Corrections last week

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that six Pulaski County offenders were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in Circuit Court actions last week.

The first defendant was Dalton Beyer of Waynesville.  Beyer pled guilty to one count of attempted arson for trying to light his mattress on fire in the Pulaski County Jail.  Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Prosecuting Attorney, Mr. Beyer Judge Sheffield sentenced him to four years in the Department of Corrections as a result of his plea.

The second defendant was Amanda Harrill of Lebanon.  Ms. Harrill had violated the terms and conditions of her probation for which she had been placed on for a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Upon a motion by the Prosecutor’s Office, Judge Sheffield revoked her probation and sentenced her to five years in the Department of Corrections.

The third defendant was Richard Sinden of Dixon.  Mr. Sinden violated the terms and conditions of his probation for which he had been placed on for a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Upon a motion by the Prosecutor’s Office, Judge Sheffield revoked his probation and sentenced him to five years in the Department of Corrections.

The fourth defendant was David Delgado-Rivera, formerly of Laquey.  Mr. Delgado-Rivera violated the terms and conditions of his probation for which he had been placed on for a charge of Assault in the Second Degree.  Upon motion by the Prosecutor’s Office, Judge Sheffield revoked his probation and sentenced him to four years in the Department of Corrections.  Mr. Delgado-Rivera is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.

The fifth defendant was Richard Green of Dixon.  Mr. Green violated the terms and conditions of his probation for which he had been placed on for charges of felony Passing Bad Checks.  Upon a motion by the Prosecutor’s Office, Judge Sheffield revoked his probation and sentenced him to three years in the Department of Corrections.

The sixth defendant was Leroy Vanderhoof of Laquey.  Mr. Vanderhoof violated the terms and conditions of his probation for which he had been placed on for charges of Burglary and Stealing.  Upon motion by the Prosecutor’s Office, Judge White revoked his probation and sentenced him to multiple seven year sentences to run concurrent with one another in the Department of Corrections

“I want to commend the hard work of the law enforcement community and my staff for working to put these individuals in prison where they belong.  I especially want to commend the professionalism of the Pulaski County Jail staff, who were forced to endure a lot of unnecessary abuse from Mr. Beyer.  Although I would have liked to have seen him sent to prison for a longer period of time, I felt it was in the best interest of the taxpayers of Pulaski County, and the safety of the jail staff, to get him to the Department of Corrections as quickly as possible,” 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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