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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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A clarification, I am just one of the team members helping set this court up.  Judge Colin Long is the point person setting this up.  However, as a Veteran myself, I fully support the efforts and am working with him to get this set up.

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PRESS RELEASE
9/20/11

Four Defendants Receive Prison Sentences

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that four defendants received prison sentences in the Department of Corrections yesterday in Circuit Court.  These four defendants were originally sentenced to suspended sentences and placed on probation.  After violating various terms of their probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed motions to revoke these defendants’ probation.  On Monday, Judge Mary Sheffield granted the Prosecutor’s Office’s motions and sentenced these four defendants as follows:

1.      Michael Elmer, sentenced to three concurrent five year sentences in the Department of Corrections for two charges of burglary and one charge of tampering.
2.      Christopher Sandusky, sentenced to four concurrent five year sentences in the Department of Corrections for burglary, tampering, assault, and possession of a controlled substance.
3.      Shena Walker, sentenced to a five year sentence in the Department of Corrections for possession of a controlled substance.
4.      Leroy Vanderhoof, sentenced to seven years in the Department of Corrections for tampering with a motor vehicle.

“My office continues to monitor Defendants who get a second chance on probation.  Whenever we receive a report that these defendants are not complying with the court’s orders and not taking advantage of this second chance, we will work to ensure that they are sent to prison,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  These cases were prosecuted by Prosecutor Kevin Hillman and Assistant Prosecutor Ken Clayton.


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

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Prosecutor’s Office 2011 Mid-Year Report
By: Kevin Hillman, Prosecuting Attorney

As we have passed the mid-point of 2011, I wanted to update everyone on the progress we have made at the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office.  As many of you know, I took office on January 1, 2011 and set about to make improvements to the office.  As you will see below, I, along with my staff, have been hard at work improving the office to better serve the citizens of Pulaski County.

Case Numbers and Restitution:
I am pleased to announce that as of June 30, 2011, my office has filed 373 felony cases and 544 misdemeanor cases for a total of 917 criminal cases filed.  To place this in perspective, the office filed a total of 1022 criminal cases for all of 2010.  As such, we are on pace to nearly double the pace of criminal cases from last year.  We have filed 1970 traffic cases and 147 child support cases in the last 6 months.  We have disposed by pleas of guilty of 93 felony cases, 155 misdemeanor cases, and 1880 traffic cases.  We have also conducted 4 trials; 3 bench trials and 1 jury trial, all of which resulted in findings of guilt.  As a result of these convictions, the County has recouped over $116,000.00 in reimbursement for jail board and fees.  Offenders have paid nearly $18,000 into the County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund for law enforcement use by my office, the Coroner, and the Sheriff.  We have returned over $89,000 in restitution to victims.  In addition to the restitution, the bad check program has generated $11,000 in fees to victims as well as $16,000 to the County in revenue.  Finally, we have collected over $13,000 in past due sales and income taxes to the State which resulted in over $2600 in revenue for the County.  As you can see, we have had a busy 6 months and I expect that this will continue into the future.

Office Staff:
Prior to taking office, I met with the existing staff on several occasions and got to know them.  I determined that the staff members, and their experience, were a valuable asset to the office.  All agreed to work to my expectations and therefore I retained all of the staff.  However, I noted some significant deficiencies in regards to the level of staffing.  For example, the office had no staff members working on the criminal cases, which seemed odd to me for a Prosecutor’s Office.  To fix this problem, I added two criminal clerks, who focus only on criminal cases, allowing the office to handle a larger caseload more efficiently.  In addition, I added two part time assistant prosecutors.  Both of these prosecutors have worked for many years as prosecutors and bring a wealth of experience to the office.  One of these prosecutors has been tasked with working cases dealing with child victims and child support cases, where there was a significant backlog.  The office had one investigator provided by the Sheriff’s Department on a part time basis.  We have retained that investigator and added a second investigator to help us with our case preparation.  We appreciate the Sheriff’s Office support with our investigators.  We have also had a number of folks volunteer in the office, which has been a tremendous help in our work.  Thank you to all who have volunteered.

Office Cleaning:
Upon taking office, I immediately found that the office was in need of cleaning and organization.  There were many files stored in the office dating back to 1994.  Although many of these files are required to be saved for 50 years, the storage of them in the office took up valuable office space.  We removed over 350 boxes of documents and placed them into a rented storage facility.  This removal opened up three additional office spaces which were renovated and now house one of the new assistant prosecutors along with two of the criminal clerks. 

Technology Upgrades:
A modern prosecutor’s office depends on technology to efficiently handle the caseload.  Although some of the computers in the office were in decent shape, there were several that were very old and required upgrading.  In addition, I found that there was no virus protection and there was no back-up of data on the server.  I was able to purchase used computers from the City of St. Robert at a very good price and was given some from the County Clerk’s office that allowed us to take some of the old computers off line and replace them with the newer models.  In addition, we were able to add four new work stations.  We physically moved the server to a safer location and have instituted an off-site back-up of the data.  I also noted that the office did not have a scanner so it was unable to e-mail any documents or save them electronically.  The copier was old and did not have any network capability.  To fix this, I had installed a copier/printer/fax/scanner that allows us to do so much more with our data.  We are now sending discovery electronically, saving the taxpayers the costs of copying.  We are hopeful that beginning in January 2012 we will switch to electronic copies of the files, eliminating many of the paper files that we currently have. These technology upgrades have allowed us to be more efficient and to save money in the process.

Victim Advocate Program Restarted:
The Victim Advocate Program was lacking when I took office as the advocate was being tasked with working on criminal cases along with her other duties.  I immediately switched her back to working full time as the victim advocate, ensuring that victims are notified in a timely fashion of court dates and case dispositions.  In addition, we have applied for a grant to expand the program and hope to hear back from the State in August whether we received our grant.

McGruff the Crime Dog
We have now added McGruff the Crime Dog to our staff as a way to spread the message of crime prevention and protection to the community, especially children.  The costume cost over $1600 and we were blessed to have generous businesses in the community step up and donate so we could start this program.  Those businesses were Security Bank, First State Bank, Bank of Iberia, Mid-America Bank and Trust, and Fort Wood Hotels.  I wish to thank them personally for their generous donation.  Look for McGruff at community events and schools sharing his message of crime prevention to the youth of our community.

I hope this provides some details into what the Prosecutor’s Office has been doing and how your tax dollars are being spent.  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 hard to try and 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.

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Here is the rule.  When it changes venue, the jury comes from the new county.  The judge can stay the same, but sometimes they also ask for a new judge.  I don't know why we have this rule, ask the legislature.  The Prosecutor's Association has proposed a change to this rule but so far to no avail.
 
32.03. Misdemeanors or Felonies - Change of Venue as a Matter of Right in Certain Counties - Procedure

(a) A change of venue shall be ordered in any criminal proceeding triable by a jury pending in a county having seventy-five thousand or fewer inhabitants upon the filing of a written application therefor by the defendant. In felony and misdemeanor cases the application must be filed not later than ten days after the initial plea is entered. The defendant need not allege or prove any reason for change. The application need not be verified and shall be signed by the defendant or the defendant's attorney.


(b) A copy of the application and notice of the time when it will be presented in the court shall be served on all parties.

(c) If a timely application is filed, the court immediately shall order the case transferred to some other county convenient to the parties, first giving all parties an opportunity to make suggestions as to where the case should be sent. In lieu of transferring the case to another county, the court may secure a jury from another county as provided by law.

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By law, in any county with less than 75,000 people, you get an automatic change of venue within the circuit. 

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Different judges, multiple counts, different levels of crimes.  I don't want to go into a lot of details because of the victims in these cases, but the cases were different.  In both cases, the judges executed the full sentence that they were able to by law.

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PRESS RELEASE
6/27/11

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that two sex offenders received lengthy sentences today in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County. 

The first, Jeremy Hollon, of Springfield, Missouri, received a sentence of 30 years confinement in the Missouri Department of Corrections.  Mr. Hollon, who was a juvenile at the time certified to Circuit Court as an adult, pled guilty on July 5, 2006, to one count of statutory rape in the first degree and one count of statutory sodomy of the first degree.  At the time he was originally sentenced, he was remanded to the custody of Division of Youth Services until he turned 18 and then was released on probation in 2010.  After his release, Mr. Hollon failed to follow the terms and conditions of his probation and the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation, which Judge Mary Sheffield granted today, resulting in his sentence.

The second, Jami Hakim, of Waynesville, Missouri, was sentenced to 10 years confinement in the Missouri Department of Corrections.  On April 6, 2011, Mr. Hakim pled guilty to one count of child molestation in the first degree and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with the execution of the sentence suspended.  Mr. Hakim failed to follow the terms and conditions of his probation and the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation, which Judge Tracy Storie granted today, resulting in his sentence.

“My office will take aggressive action against sex offenders, especially ones who fail to follow the terms and conditions of their probation.  These individuals represented what I believed to be a danger to our community and I am pleased that the Court agreed with my office’s assessment and sentenced them accordingly,” stated Pulaski County Prosecuting Kevin Hillman. “In prison, they will not be able to repeat their crimes against children.”

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Laura Kriebs and Ken Clayton. 

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

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PRESS RELEASE
6/13/11

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, announces that he has charged Larry Butler, DOB: 11/16/1955, of St. Robert, with Stealing, a class C felony. 

These charges are a result of an incident on May 30, 2011 in which the suspect stated that he had been a victim of the Joplin, Missouri tornado and requested assistance in the form of a place to stay from the victim.  When the victim left for work the suspect allegedly appropriated several items from the victim’s residence. The total value of items is estimated over $15,000.00. 

“My office will work hard to make sure innocent victims such as the one in this case are protected from these types of crimes and those individuals who perpetrate such acts are brought to justice.  The suspect’s manipulation of the terrible tragedy that occurred in Joplin will not be tolerated.”

The Prosecutor’s Office reminds everyone that these charges are merely an accusation and these individuals remain innocent until proven guilty.
Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney. 

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I am planning on doing a mid-year report at the end of this month.  I do not have the statistics you asked for but should at that time.  Keep in mind that many of the cases we are disposing now were filed last year.

of the 700 plus cases filed how many have been resolved.

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PRESS RELEASE
6/8/11

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, announces that today in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, Craig Turner of Waynesville, was sentenced by Judge Tracey Storie to ten years in the Department of Corrections for Robbery in the Second Degree. 

On March 23, 2011, after a two day jury trial, a Pulaski County jury found that Mr. Turner robbed a tourist from England during the early morning hours of November 5, 2010, at the Relax Inn in St. Robert, Missouri. Mr. Turner was apprehended shortly after the robbery by members of the St. Robert Police Department and much of the victim’s property was recovered and returned to him.

“Today’s sentence sends a message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in Pulaski County.  Criminals who prey upon innocent victims, as happened in this case, should be aware that their conduct will cause them to spend significant time in the Department of Corrections,” said Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.

The Prosecutor’s Office wishes to thank the St. Robert Police Department for their hard work on this case, especially Detective Jeff Saylor, Officer Mike Hartness, Officer Dan Cordova, and Officer Jennifer Hicks.  The Prosecutor’s Office would also like to thank the board members of the County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund (CLERF) who agreed to fund the witness travel from England back to Pulaski County.  Without those funds, a conviction in this case would not have been possible. The prosecution of the case was handled 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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I do not think the former prosecutor did anything illegal and do not think we should suggest that.  The campaign is over and I think we should leave the subject of her performance in office.  Feel free to critique me as I am now the office holder.
The lawsuit continues and is still in a very preliminary stage.  Phelps County won at the trial level so that bodes well for the county.

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PRESS RELEASE
5/25/11
Local Businesses Donate to Allow the Prosecutor’s Office to Bring McGruff the Crime Dog to Pulaski County


Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, is pleased to announce the addition of a new crime fighter to the staff of the Prosecutor’s Office, McGruff the Crime Dog.  As part of the its community education and outreach program, McGruff is now able to assist the Prosecutor’s Office in educating the public, especially children, about crime and crime prevention.

McGruff is a positive and proven tool for educating the public about crime, violence, substance abuse prevention, and for motivating and mobilizing community action to combat these threats.  Over the years, thanks to efforts of local crime prevention practitioners, McGruff has appeared at a multitude of events across the country.  He goes to schools, hospitals, shopping malls, rodeos, fairs, and parades.  His image appears on T-shirts, mugs, stickers, sports trading cards, caps, billboards, and more.  Everywhere he appears, his message is the same, that responsible action, both by individuals and groups can “take a bite out of crime,” and his advice to do so are keys to his effectiveness.  The McGruff character has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Times, Sports Illustrated, Parade, McCall’s, Weekly Reader, Mini-Page, and Smithsonian, to name a few national publications.  McGruff’s primary mission is to help people and communities prevent crime and improve the quality of life for themselves, their families, their friends, and their neighborhoods.

McGruff made his first appearance in public in Pulaski County at the 3rd Thursday event on the square in Waynesville.  Look for him at local parades and festivals throughout the year promoting Pulaski County’s efforts to fight crime.  If your school, group, or civic organization would like to schedule a visit from McGruff, please contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 573-774-4770.

McGruff was made possible in Pulaski County by the generous donations of Security Bank, First State Bank, Fort Wood Hotels by Ehrhardt Properties, Bank of Iberia, and Mid-America Bank and Trust Company.  The Prosecutor’s Office thanks these businesses for their support of McGruff and law enforcement in our community.

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A person can get a temporary ex parte order of protection without a hearing.  However, once they get that, then a hearing is ordered to decide whether the order will be permenant.  The subject of the order is served with the temporary order and the date of the hearing.  In order to get an order, the applicant applies with the clerk's office on the 2nd floor of the courthouse.

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The judge sets the bond.  I request a certain amount, but he/she does not have to follow that recommendation.

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I realize that everyone is upset, but please keep the tone civil here before it becomes a matter I have to deal with as the prosecutor, which no one wants.
 
The law on abandoning property by a tenant is tricky and there are some requirements that need to be followed prior to disposing of the property by the landlord. I am not saying you did anything wrong, I just don't know. I would suggest that you speak with a civil attorney about those steps.  It has been a while since I filed an eviction action so I don't want to give you bad advice.
 
If someone is harrassing you, you can always file for an order of protection on the 2nd floor of the courthouse with the Circuit Clerk.
 
-Kevin
 
 

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We are going through the old cases as fast as we can.  There are many that are now past the statute of limitations and I can not file.  In addition, I have the current case load to file so that the new cases get resolved quickly. 

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It could also be that the person failed to appear on a summons for the check charge and the judge issued a capias warrant, which means no bond.
 

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