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PRESS RELEASE
10/8/13

Sixteen Offenders Sentenced to the Department of Corrections

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

The first defendant was James King of Rolla.  The defendant pled guilty to two counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance.  Judge Warren sentenced the defendant to fifteen years in the Department of Corrections.  The Defendant is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the case.

The second defendant was Lindy McKinnon of Waynesville.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.  After failing to follow the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Warren granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to fifteen years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was handled by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The third defendant was Michael Poole of Dixon.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Driving While Intoxicated-Chronic Offender.  After failing to follow the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Warren granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was handled by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The fourth defendant was Charles Pitts of Dixon.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine Drug Paraphernalia.  After failing to follow the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Warren granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was handled by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The fifth defendant was Melissa Monell of Richland.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree.  After failing to follow the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Wiggins granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was handled by the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group.
The sixth defendant was Shane Green of Waynesville.  The defendant pled guilty to Production of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  The Defendant is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group investigated the case.

The seventh defendant was Paul Fau of Waynesville.  The defendant pled guilty to Sexual Assault.  Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  The Defendant is now required to register as a sex offender.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

The eighth defendant was Rachel Yracheta of Waynesville.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Forgery.  After failing to follow the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was handled by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The ninth defendant was James Hall of Laquey.  The defendant pled guilty to Assault in the Second Degree.  Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to six years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

The tenth defendant was Michael Jones of Rolla.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Forgery.  After failing to follow the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Long granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was handled by the St. Robert Police Department.

The eleventh defendant was Jay Zeigenbein of Laquey.  The defendant pled guilty to two counts of Production of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine.  Judge Warren sentenced the defendant to fifteen years in the Department of Corrections.  The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group investigated the case.

The twelfth defendant was Mark Matthews of St. Robert.  The defendant pled guilty to Driving While Intoxicated-Aggravated Offender.  Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The St. Robert Police Department investigated the case.

The thirteenth defendant was Heather Owens of Lebanon.  The defendant pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Judge Long sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

The fourteenth defendant was Joshua Lachowicz of Dixon.  The defendant pled guilty to Making a Terroristic Threat.  Judge Clayton sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

The fifteenth defendant was Bruce Simmons of Eldon.  The defendant pled guilty to Illegal Use of Inhalants.  Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The Defendant is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

The sixteenth defendant was Keith Gentry of Mexico, MO.  After failing to follow the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Warren granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was handled by the Child Support Enforcement Agency.

“We continue to ensure that those defendants on probation adhere to the terms and conditions of their probation,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman. “If they fail to take advantage of the second chance the Court gives them, my office will work hard to send them to prison where they belong. I applaud the hard work of my staff and all of the law enforcement professionals in Pulaski County who brought these offenders to justice.”

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


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

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PRESS RELEASE
08/21/13

Twelve Offenders Sentenced to the Department of Corrections

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

The first defendant was Darrell Sargent of Richland.  The defendant pled guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree.  Judge Wiggins sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  The Richland Police Department investigated the case.

The second defendant was Dale Alexander of Crocker.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Stealing a Motor Vehicle.  After failing to follow the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The original case was handled by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The third defendant was Shannon Beam of Rolla.  The defendant was on probation for Burglary in the Second Degree.  After failing to follow the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Warren granted the motion and sentenced him to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  He is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The St. Robert Police Department investigated the original case.

The fourth defendant was Sarah Plemmons of Richland.  The defendant was on probation  after previously pleading guilty on two cases of Forgery.  After failing to follow the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and sentenced her to four years in the Department of Corrections. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the Richland Police Department investigated the original cases.

The fifth defendant was Jessica Salvo of Dixon.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Tampering in the First Degree.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The Waynesville Police Department investigated the original case.

The sixth defendant was Phillip Carter of Richland.  The defendant pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Distribute.  Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  He is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The Richland Police Department investigated this case.

The seventh defendant was Christopher Howe of Dixon.  The defendant was on probation for two cases of Forgery.  After failing to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to seven year sentences.  The defendant his eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The Dixon and Waynesville Police Departments investigated the original cases.

The eighth defendant was Bret Chaffee of Waynesville.  The defendant pled guilty to two counts of Stealing of a Controlled Substance. Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to two five year sentences.  The Waynesville Police Department investigated the cases.

The ninth defendant was Mark Keleise of Waynesville.  The defendant pled guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree.  Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case.

The tenth defendant was Lucas Warner of Dixon.  The defendant pled guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree.  Judge Warren sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The Dixon Police Department investigated this case.

The eleventh defendant was Joseph Esparza of Devil’s Elbow.  The defendant pled guilty to Robbery in the Second Degree.  Judge Warren sentenced him to ten years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case.

The twelfth defendant was Earl Gamblin of St. Robert.  The defendant pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Judge Hickle sentenced him to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  The Defendant is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated this case.

“My office, along with all of the law enforcement agencies in Pulaski County, continue to work hard to get these criminals off the street and into prison where they belong,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman. “I applaud the hard work and dedication of our local law enforcement officers and these sentences are the result of their hard work and dedication.”

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



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

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TIPS TO AVOID SCAMS AND CON-ARTISTS
DURING FLOOD RECOVERY

By: Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman

The recent flooding in Waynesville and throughout Pulaski County has resulted in a tragic loss of life and property.  Because Pulaski County is a great place to live, the community has come together to help those affected to put their lives back together. It is times like these when we see the true spirit of our community.
Unfortunately, whenever disasters happen like the flooding here or the tornados in Joplin, the scammers and con-artists are likely to arrive to prey upon the same people who just had their lives turned upside down.  They arrived quickly in Joplin and I have no doubt that they will be here operating in Pulaski County.  Scammers and con-artists are warned that I will aggressively prosecute anyone who takes advantage of Pulaski County citizens impacted by the recent flooding.  However, the best thing that could happen is for residents to be proactive so that no one falls for these scams.  For that reason, I am offering some tips to try and avoid these scammers and con-artists before you become their victim.
Some common types of scammers and con-artists that arrive after a natural disaster are identity thieves, charity fraudsters, and contractor scammers.  Here are some steps to avoid these predators:
IDENTITY THEFT
Identity thieves many times operate in an area that was recently impacted by a natural disaster and pose as a government official or as someone from a charity that is trying to help.  It is also not unheard of for these thieves to go through the trash that has been set out for disposal. Here are some steps to prevent these thieves from getting your information:
-Shred Documents with Personal Information: If you are disposing of records that were destroyed by the flood water, ensure that you shred any records that have personal information on them like your name, social security number, date of birth, bank account numbers, passwords, etc.
-Do Not Give Out Your Social Security Number: Make sure that you know who you are dealing with.  Unless you initiate the contact or you are sure of whom you are dealing with, do not give personal information to a stranger.  A legitimate source will be happy to wait for you to verify their identity.  If you have any doubt, contact the police, sheriff, city officials or my office to verify that who you are dealing is a legitimate official.
-Check your Credit Report: It is always a good idea to check your credit report to ensure that no unauthorized accounts have been opened in your name.  If you think someone may have obtained your information, you should check more often.  You can obtain a free credit report from the Federal Trade Commission at www.annualcreditreport.com
-Notify Your Bank and Credit Card Companies: If you think someone may have obtained your personal information, notify your bank and credit card companies.  You can also contact the credit reporting bureaus and place a fraud alert on your credit report.
-Stop your Mail: If you have been displaced, make sure to notify the post office to stop your mail and have it forwarded to a safe location.

CHARITY FRAUD
Many local and national charities have already stepped forward to help.  Unfortunately, there will be criminals who use the disaster as a chance to steal from you or charities rather than raise funds to help others.  Here are some tips to make sure your donation goes to help instead of into the pocket of a thief:
-Identify the Charity: Many fake charities will have nice sounding names.  Make sure you know the charity you are giving money to.  If you have a question as to whether it is a legitimate charity, wait and ask others.
-Do Not Be Pressured: Legitimate charities do not pressure you to give.  If a caller tries to play on your sympathy by identifying the organization with the flooding, be careful.  Be cautious about allowing solicitors into your home. If you are unsure the organization is legitimate, check into the organization before you commit to donating.
-Avoid Cash Donations: Make sure the check is payable to a legitimate charitable organization and not to an individual.
CONTRACTOR FRAUD
Be on the lookout for contractors known as storm chasers.  These are companies that arrive in the area shortly after a natural disaster, like the flooding we have experienced.  The representatives from these companies will often go door to door in storm damaged areas posing as recovery experts or contractors specializing in flood repair.
These companies will often pressure a homeowner into signing a contract allowing the company to negotiate with the homeowners’ insurance carrier.  They will sometimes use high pressure sales tactics, ask for a cash deposit, be from out of the area, have no references, and have no proof of insurance.  The elderly and disabled are especially vulnerable to these predators because they may not have the ability to assess the damage themselves.
Here are some tips to try and avoid these storm chasers and make sure your repairs are done properly:
-Contact your Insurance Carrier Immediately: Some insurance carriers require that you only use contractors approved by the carrier.  Many times, they will also have a list of contractors they approve of and will guarantee the repairs if you use an approved contractor.
    -Use Reliable, Licensed and Insured Contractors and Get Multiple Written Estimates: Be sure to obtain at least two written estimates for the job and read the contract fine print. Compare the services and prices of several reputable contractors before making a final decision. Do not be afraid to ask others if you do not understand everything in the contract. Hire local contractors, if possible. Look at the license plates and if they are not Missouri plates, this should be a red flag.
    
    -Check References and Complaints: Contractors should be willing to provide the names of previous customers. Call some former customers who had similar work done to make sure they were satisfied with the job. Also, you should check with the Better Business Bureau, the Missouri Attorney General, and the Waynesville Building Inspector to see if there have been prior complaints made against a particular contractor.
    
    -Ask for Proof of Insurance: Make sure the contractor carries general liability insurance and workers' compensation. If the contractor is not insured, the homeowner may be liable for accidents that occur on the property or to the house/building.
    
    -Insist on a written contract: A complete contract should clearly state all the tasks to be performed, all associated costs and the payment schedule. Never sign a blank contract or one with blank spaces. Make sure the contract clearly states who will apply for the necessary permits or licenses. Have a lawyer review the contract if substantial costs are involved and keep a copy for your records.
    
    -Get any guarantees in writing: Any guarantees made by the contractor should be written into the contract. The guarantee should clearly state what is guaranteed, who is responsible for the guarantee and how long the guarantee is valid.
    
    -Have work inspected: If excavation work is being performed (e.g., sewers or basement walls) make sure a qualified inspector examines the work before it is hidden from view to avoid similar problems in the future. If you live within the city limits, an inspection by the city building official may be required for all work.
    
    -Make final payments when the work is completed: Do not sign completion papers or make the final payment until the work is completed to your satisfaction. A reputable contractor will not threaten you or pressure you to sign if the job is not finished properly.
    
    -Pay by check or credit card: Avoid on-the-spot cash payments. Only write a check to the contracting company. A better idea is to use a credit card, because you have a chance to dispute a charge afterwards if a problem arises. A reasonable down payment is 30 percent of the total cost of the project, to be paid upon initial delivery of materials. Federal law gives consumers a three-day "cooling off" period for unsolicited door-to door sales of more than $25.
    
    -Cancel the contract if necessary: Canceling a contract should be done within three business days of signing. Be sure to follow the procedures for cancellation that are set out in the contract. Send the notification by registered mail with a return receipt to be signed by the contractor.
If you suspect that you are the victim of a scammer, or suspect that you have been targeted by a scammer, please contact my office or a local law enforcement official immediately.  We all stand ready to protect the victims of this natural disaster from becoming the victim of a human disaster in the form of a scammer or con-artist.  Here are some helpful numbers and websites for your information:
   Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office:       573-774-4770
   Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:   573-774-6196
   Waynesville Police Department:      573-774-2414
   Waynesville City Hall:         573-774-6171
   Waynesville Building Department:      573-774-6009
St. Robert Police Department:      573-451-2000
St. Robert City Hall:            573-451-2000
   Missouri Attorney General:         www.ago.mo.gov
   Missouri Attorney General Fraud Hotline:   1-800-392-8222
   Better Business Bureau:         www.bbb.org
*If you feel threatened at any time, call 911 immediately!


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First, please call Sheriff Long and let him know about your experience.  I know he would like to know.

Secondly, your question about the tenants is a little complicated.  Was the lease up?  Did you do an eviction?  Did they still have property located in the house when you changed the locks?  How long have them been out?  I am sorry to ask so many questions but because this involves tenants, it is complicated.

Kevin

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I am sorry I can't give you a definite answer on how long it would be because there are a lot of factors they look at for parole, which include if they have been on probation before, their criminal history, the crimes they have committed, their behavior in DOC, etc.  Concurrent sentences also increase the time as well.  The minimum I am told by DOC on any sentence is 15%.  I hope that helps.  Also, please remember I do not make these rules and I think these guys should go for their full sentences.

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PRESS RELEASE
07/08/13

Fifteen Sentenced to the Department of Corrections

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, announces that the following fifteen individuals were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in Circuit Court action over the last two months:

The first defendant was Pamela Thompson of Dixon.  The defendant was on probation after previously being found guilty of Assault in the Second Degree.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The Dixon Police Department investigated the original case.

The second defendant was Roger Perkins of Fort Smith, Arkansas.  The defendant was on probation after previously being found guilty of Tampering in the First 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 Warren granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the original case.

The third defendant was Jerry Moon of Dixon.  The defendant was on probation after previously being found guilty of Burglary in the First Degree.  The defendant failed to adhere to the terms and conditions of his probation by committing the new offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance.  The Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  The defendant pled guilty to the new offense and Judge Hickle revoked his probation on the previous case.  Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to ten years in the Department of Corrections on the first case, and seven years in the Department of Corrections on the second case, with the sentences to run concurrent.  The defendant is eligible for treatment in the Department of Corrections.  The Dixon Police Department investigated the first case and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the second case.

The fourth defendant was Penni Vess of Laquey.  The defendant was on probation after previously being found guilty for Unlawful Use of Methamphetamine Drug Paraphernalia.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of her probation after committing a new offense, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  The defendant pled guilty to the new offense of Tampering in the First Degree.  Judge Hickle revoked the defendant’s probation and sentenced her to four years in the Department of Corrections on each case, with the sentences to run concurrently.  The defendant is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated both cases.

The fifth defendant was Laquwan Lewis of St. Robert.  The defendant was on probation after previously being found guilty of Stealing a Motor Vehicle.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The Waynesville Police Department investigated the original case.

The sixth defendant was Vaueli Asi of Lebanon.  The defendant pled guilty to Sexual Assault.  Judge Rowden sentenced him to seven years in the Department of Corrections. The Waynesville Police Department investigated this case.

The seventh defendant was Clinton Weyand of Crocker.  The defendant pled guilty to two counts of Child Molestation.  Judge Hickle sentenced him to seven years in the Department of Corrections on each count.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case.

The eighth defendant was Matthew Romine of Crocker.  The defendant pled guilty to Manufacturing a Controlled Substance and two counts of Possession of Methamphetamine.  Judge Wiggins sentenced the defendant to ten years in the Department of Corrections for Manufacturing, and two seven year sentences in the Department of Corrections for Possession, with the sentences to run concurrent.  The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group and the St. Robert Police Department investigated these cases.

The ninth defendant was Francis Craig of Dixon.  The defendant pled guilty to Unlawful Use of a Weapon.  Judge Warren sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case.

The tenth defendant was John Elger of Waynesville.  The defendant was on probation after previously being found guilty of Domestic Assault 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 Long granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  The Waynesville Police Department investigated this case.

The eleventh defendant was Billy Breuklander of Columbia.  The defendant pled guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree.  Judge Warren sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The St. Robert Police Department investigated this case.

The twelfth defendant was Justin Cristoffer of Lebanon.  The defendant was on probation for Receiving Stolen Property and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Warren granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections on each count, to run concurrently.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated these cases.

The thirteenth defendant was Quenten Warren of St. Robert.  The defendant pled guilty to Receiving Stolen Property.  Judge Warren sentenced the defendant to three years in the Department of Corrections.  The Waynesville Police Department investigated this case.

The fourteenth defendant was Michael Bahr of Dixon.  The defendant pled guilty to Distribution and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections on each count.  The defendant is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group investigated this case.

The fifteenth defendant was Taylor Carson of Dixon.  The defendant pled guilty to Possession of Burglar Tools.  Judge Hickle sentenced him to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case.

“I want to thank all of the hard working members of our law enforcement community who work every day to keep us safe.  These sentences reflect their hard work and demonstrate that criminal activity will not be tolerated in Pulaski County,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.

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



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


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I am not sure of the local ordinances in the cities because I do not deal with them at my level.  I know the county does not have a prohibition against it.  The St. Robert City Code is online at their website as I think Waynesville is as well.  I do not know about Crocker.  Sorry.

Kevin

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PRESS RELEASE
05/23/13

Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman Returns to Duties as Prosecutor After a One Year Deployment to Kuwait with the Missouri Army National Guard’s
35th Combat Aviation Brigade

Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman has returned to his duties as Prosecutor after a one year activation and deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the Missouri Army National Guard.  During his deployment, he served as the Command Judge Advocate for the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

“I want to thank the people of Pulaski County for all of the support that was given to me, my family, and my office during this deployment,” said Kevin Hillman.  “This community supports the military and I was able to see that first hand while I was away.  I want to specifically thank the Pulaski County Commission and Clerk for their support during this deployment, my two assistant prosecutors, Ken Clayton and Laura Kriebs, who both did a great job filling in for me while I was gone, and my staff who dealt with all of the changes and kept on doing great work.  I look forward to getting back to work and teaming with all of the great law enforcement professionals we have here in Pulaski County.”

Mr. Hillman presented the Pulaski County Commission and the Citizens of Pulaski County with an American flag that was flown on a mission in an AH-64D Apache Helicopter over Kuwait as a token of thanks for all of the support he received during his deployment. Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk accepted the flag on behalf of the Commission.

Photos available at:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.411352065630348.1073741826.255833464515543&type=3

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Local News / Re: City of Waynesville sued for alleged cover-up
« on: May 24, 2013, 02:41:04 AM »
The Waynesville School District case was turned over to the Missouri Attorney General's Office as a special prosecutor some time ago.  This was done for several reasons.  First, I had worked as an attorney with the suspect in the past.  Second, my children attend Waynesville Schools.  Third, I had worked with or personally knew everyone involved, including the suspect, the suspect's family, and all of the witnesses.  For these reasons, I felt that there was going to be an appearance of a conflict no matter what we did with the case.  Also, there was more investigative work that was needed to be done to include forensic accounting.  Neither my office, nor the local law enforcement, had the specialized investigators to do this but the AG's office did.  Everytime I have called and checked on the case they tell me it is still under investigation.  This case was not "swept under the rug" but referred to an agency that had no conflict and the resources necessary to get to the truth of what happened. I hope this answers the question as to what happened with this case.

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PRESS RELEASE
05/20/13

21 Sentenced to the Department of Corrections

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that the following individuals were sentenced to the Department of Corrections in Circuit Court action over the last two months.

The first defendant was Chad Fajardo of St. Robert.  The defendant pled guilty to Burglary in the First Degree.  Judge Warren sentenced the defendant to ten years in the Department of Corrections.  The St. Robert Police Department investigated the case.

The second defendant was Sue Manes of Dixon.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to stealing.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  The Waynesville Police Department investigated the original case.

The third defendant was Nathan Martin of Crocker.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree and Making a False Report.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections on each case, to run concurrently. The Crocker Police Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the original cases.

The fourth defendant was Mrae Ferguson of St. Robert.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Burglary in the First Degree. After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Long granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  The St. Robert Police Department investigated the original case.

The fifth defendant was Tracy Baker of Crocker.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Fraudulently Attempting to Obtain a Controlled Substance.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Warren granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections. 

The sixth defendant was Kyla Rollins of Dixon. The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Tampering with a Motor Vehicle and Burglary in the Second Degree.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections on each charge to run concurrently.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the Dixon Police Department investigated the original case.

The seventh defendant was Christopher Duffy of Columbia.  The defendant was already on probation for Burglary in the Second Degree.  As a result of a new charge of Domestic Assault, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and also accepted the defendant’s plea of guilty to the new charge. He sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections on each count to run concurrently.  The defendant is also eligible for treatment in the Department of Corrections. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the St. Robert Police Department investigated the cases.

The eighth defendant was Ray White of St. Robert.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Long granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The St. Robert Police Department investigated the original case.

The ninth defendant was Marcus Richey of St. Robert.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree. As a result of a new charge of Escape from Custody, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and accepted the defendant’s plea of guilty to the new charge.  He sentenced the defendant of five years in the Department of Corrections on the Burglary charge and four years on the Escape charge to run concurrently.  The St. Robert Police Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the cases.

The tenth defendant was Dennis Rabold of Dixon. The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Driving While Intoxicated as a Persistent Offender.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The Crocker Police Department investigated the original case.

The eleventh defendant was Tony Adams of Waynesville.  The defendant pled guilty to Robbery in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.  Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections on each count to run concurrent.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

The twelfth defendant was Wildfrido Ramirez of Richland.  The defendant pled guilty to Unlawful Use of a Weapon.  Judge Warren sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the original case.

The thirteenth defendant was Brandon Smith of Crocker. The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Burglary in the First 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 Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to fifteen years in the Department of Corrections.  The Crocker Police Department investigated the original case.

The fourteenth defendant was Ryan Kelly of Waynesville.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Forgery and Theft.  As a result of a new charge of Theft, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Warren granted the motion and also accepted the defendant’s plea of guilty to the new charge.  He sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Correction on each case to run concurrently.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated these cases.

The fifteenth defendant was Kevin Keeling of Waynesville.  The defendant pled guilty to one count of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance and one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to distribute.  Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections on each count to run concurrent.  The Waynesville Police Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated these cases.

The sixteenth defendant was Jacob Mason of Dixon.  The defendant pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance and Judge Hickle sentenced him to four years in the Department of Corrections. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

The seventeenth defendant was Daniel Hulan of St. Robert.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Receiving Stolen Property. After failing to adhere to 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 seven years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the original case.

The eighteenth defendant was Cynthia Humpreys of Waynesville.  The defendant pled guilty to Financial Exploitation of an Elderly Person.  Judge Hickle sentenced her to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The St. Robert Police Department investigated this case.

The nineteenth defendant was Brandon Monell of Crocker.  The defendant pled guilty to Burglary, Theft, and Statutory Rape in the Second Degree.  Judge Hickle sentenced him to seven years in the Department of Corrections on each count to run concurrently.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case.

The twentieth defendant was Tina Ervin of St. Robert.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Property Damage.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.

The twenty-first defendant was Joshua Houston of Waynesville. The defendant pled guilty to stealing.  Judge Hickle sentenced him to three years in the Department of Corrections.  The St. Robert Police Department investigated this case.

“I am very proud of what my staff and our law enforcement professionals have accomplished while I was deployed,” stated Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  “These prison sentences send a message that criminal conduct in Pulaski County will not be tolerated.  My office and I will continue to work hard to hold those that commit crimes accountable for their actions.”

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


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PRESS RELEASE
03/12/13
Twelve Offenders Sentenced to the Department of Corrections

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

The first defendant was Jessica Johnson of Dixon.  The defendant had previously pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance and was on probation.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of her probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to 5 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.

The second defendant was William Bastean of Waynesville. The defendant had previously pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute. After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to 7 years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the original case.

The third defendant was Daniel Ellzey of St. Robert.  The defendant had previously pled guilty to Property Damage in the First Degree and Possession with of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to 5 years in the Department of Corrections on each charge. The St. Robert Police Department investigated the original case.

The fourth defendant was David Robertson of St. Robert.  The defendant had previously pled guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree and Tampering in the First 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 Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections on each charge. The St. Robert Police Department investigated the original case.

The fifth defendant was Carl Terry Jr. of St. Robert. The defendant had previously pled guilty to 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 Warren granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections. The St. Robert Police Department investigated the original case.

The sixth defendant was Marc Faulkner of Crocker.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Stealing. While on probation, the defendant was charged with Resisting Arrest.   As a result of this new misconduct, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Warren granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to 3 years in the Department of Corrections on the Stealing charge.  He also pled guilty to the new charge of Resisting Arrest and was sentenced to 4 years in the Department of Corrections on that charge. The defendant will be eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections. The Crocker Police Department investigated the Stealing case and the Richland Police Department investigated the Resisting Arrest case.

The seventh defendant was Jason Clark of Crocker.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Forgery.  While on probation, the defendant was charged with a new charge of Forgery.  As a result of this new misconduct, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Long granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to 7 years in the Department of Corrections on the first count. The defendant entered a plea of guilty to the new charge and Judge Long also sentenced him to 7 years in the Department of Corrections on that count as well.  The Crocker Police Department investigated the first case and the St. Robert Police Department investigated the second case.

The eighth defendant was Rex Cook of Rolla.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to Resisting Arrest.  After failing to adhere to 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 4 years in the Department of Corrections.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the case.

The ninth defendant was James McDaniel of Dixon.  The defendant was on probation after previously pleading guilty to 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 Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to 5 years in the Department of Corrections. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

The tenth defendant was Daniel Wilson of Dixon. The defendant pled guilty to Felony DWI and Resisting Arrest.  Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to 4 years in the Department of Corrections on each count.  The Dixon Police Department investigated the case.

The eleventh defendant was Eric Hodge of Henryetta, OK.  The defendant pled guilty to Assault in the Second Degree. Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to 5 years in the Department of Corrections.  The St. Robert Police Department investigated the case.

The twelfth defendant was Ronnie Higginbotham of Dixon.  The defendant pled guilty to Felony Passing Bad Checks.  Judge Long sentenced the defendant to 2 years in the Department of Corrections. The Prosecutor’s Office Bad Check Division investigated the case.

“One of the unsung heroes in the criminal justice system is the Probation Officer.  These law enforcement officers work hard to keep us safe and ensure those that they are supervising are adhering to the law.  When they do not, the Probation Officers help us to make sure they go to prison, as can be seen in these results,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman. “I appreciate all of their hard work and professionalism to get criminals like these off our streets.”

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Laura Kriebs, Dean Matthews, and Bill Hardwick.


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

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PRESS RELEASE
02/08/13
Ten Offenders Sentenced to the Department of Corrections
Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that in Circuit Court action over the last two months, ten offenders were sentenced to terms of imprisonment in the Department of Corrections.  The ten defendants were:
 
The first defendant was Michael Perkins of Hernando, Mississippi.  Mr. Perkins was on probation after pleading guilty to Tampering in the First 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 Hickle granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to three years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the original case.
 
The second defendant was Jermaine Haggard of St. Robert.  Mr. Haggard was on probation after pleading guilty to Illegal Possession of a Firearm.  After failing to adhere to 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 three years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the original case.
 
The third defendant was Laiken Wagenschnur of St. Robert.  The defendant pled guilty to two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree.  Judge Storie sentenced the defendant to two seven year sentences in the Department of Corrections to run concurrently.  The defendant is also eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections. The St. Robert Police Department investigated these cases.
 
The fourth defendant was Victor Johnson of Rolla.  Mr. Johnson pled guilty to Passing Bad Checks.  Judge Storie sentenced him to three years in the Department of Corrections. This case was investigated by the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office Bad Check Unit.
 
The fifth defendant was Tony Knox of Waynesville.  Mr. Knox pled guilty to Robbery in the First Degree and Resisting Arrest.  Judge Storie sentenced the defendant to twelve years in prison for the robbery and four years for the resisting arrest, to be served concurrently.  The St. Robert Police Department investigated the case.
 
The sixth defendant was Deanna Hough of Long Lane.  The defendant pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Judge Storie sentenced her to three years in the Department of Corrections.  The case was investigated by the Waynesville Police Department.
 
The seventh defendant was Tim Ezell of Dixon.  Mr. Ezell pled guilty to Resisting Arrest. Judge Storie sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  He is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections. The Dixon Police Department investigated this case.
 
The eighth defendant was Travis Pierce of Crocker.  Mr. Pierce pled guilty to Forgery and Passing Bad Checks.  Judge Wiggins sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections on each count to run concurrently. The defendant is also eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The St. Robert Police Department investigated this case.
 
The ninth defendant was Daniel Wilson of Dixon.  The defendant pled guilty to Assault in the Second Degree.  Judge Storie sentenced the defendant to two years in the Department of Corrections.  The Dixon Police Department investigated this case.
 
The tenth defendant was Brian Manser of Bonne Terre.  Mr. Manser pled guilty to Manufacturing and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Judge Hickle sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections to run concurrently.  The Waynesville Police Department investigated this case.
 
“These sentences are the result of the hard work of our law enforcement professionals from across Pulaski County,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman. “I appreciate all of their hard work and professionalism to get criminals like these off our streets.”
 
The cases were prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Ken Clayton, Laura Kriebs, Dean Matthews, and Bill Hardwick.Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

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PRESS RELEASE
1-15-13

End of the Year Report

Happy New Year to everyone in Pulaski County from Kuwait.  As many know, I am currently deployed with the Missouri Army National Guard to Kuwait.  I am scheduled to return in May 2013 and I cannot wait to see my family and friends and get back to work at the Prosecutor’s Office.

Despite the fact that I was gone for about half of the year, my team has continued to serve the citizens of Pulaski County and 2012 was a busy year for the Prosecutor’s Office. We filed over 1600 criminal cases and handled over 4000 traffic cases this year.  We collected and disbursed to victims of crime $189683 in restitution.  We also collected $43683 in delinquent taxes and disbursed these amounts to the State of Missouri and Pulaski County. Finally, we were able to obtain $45779 in the County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund from offenders, which helped to fund improvements, personnel, and training for my office, the Sheriff’s Department, and the Coroner.
 
The beginning of the year saw us upgrading our computer system.  The case management system we use required us to upgrade to a new server with new server software.  In addition, we upgraded all of our laptop and desktop units so that we could utilize all of our new server’s capabilities.  We were able to upgrade these systems by utilizing funds from the Bad Check Fees we collect along with funds from the County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund.  Both of these funds collect money from defendants in cases we have prosecuted.  As such, I am pleased to say we used no taxpayer funds for this upgrade.

We also held two new events this year to raise awareness for victims of crimes during Victim’s Rights Week.  The first was a breakfast we co-hosted with Kid’s Harbor where a victim of abuse shared her story of courage.  The second event was a golf tournament to have fun while raising money for various victim service organizations in Pulaski County.  I am pleased to announce that we were able to raise $1200 during these events.  This money was distributed between my own victim advocate program, Kids’ Harbor, and Genesis House to benefit these groups’ services to victims of crime.

We brought four significant cases to a close this year with lengthy prison sentences for defendants.  The first case involved Cody Willcoxson, who led a high speed chase through Ft. Leonard Wood, St. Robert, and Rolla while firing an AK-47 at police officers.  Mr. Willcoxson received a 30 year sentence for his role in the offenses occurring in Pulaski County.  He also received a harsh sentence in Phelps County and I doubt he ever be released from prison while he is alive.  There were also three cases involving deaths resolved this year.  Stacy Powell, who shot and killed her husband in the Dixon area and Brent Wagoner, who shot and killed his roommate, also in the Dixon area, both received 25 year sentences.  The case involving Ashley Gilbert, who took part in the killing of a Dixon man, was a very difficult case I reviewed and refilled upon taking office.  Ultimately, Ms. Gilbert pled guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter for her role in that death and received an 8 year sentence. I was pleased we were able to make her answer for her role in that death and bring closure to the victim’s family.

The end of the year has brought a number of changes to the office.  I always thought that I had an excellent team of assistant prosecutors and was proud of the work of my entire staff.  Evidently, the folks in Jefferson City have taken notice of our success.  Governor Nixon appointed one of my assistant prosecutors, Ken Clayton, and the prosecutor who was serving as the acting prosecutor while I am deployed, to be the new Associate Circuit Judge in Phelps County.  I congratulate Ken and I know he will make an excellent judge and serve the citizens of Phelps County well.

With that change, I have asked another of my assistants, Laura Kriebs, to serve as the acting prosecutor until I return in May.  Laura was the former elected prosecutor in Pulaski County and is very experienced at the job.  I am confident she will do an excellent job while I complete the end of my deployment.

Continuing my commitment to trying to keep the citizens of Pulaski County informed of what the Prosecutor’s Office is doing, we started a Facebook page this year. Now, you can check on our press releases or see pictures of my team in action on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyProsecutorsOffice

As you can see, we have had a busy year.  I continue to be committed to keeping the citizens of Pulaski County safe and ensuring that criminals answer for their crimes.  I look forward to returning in May, returning to work at the Prosecutor’s Office, and seeing all of my friends and family again.


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

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Local News / Re: MARIES COUNTY CHASE AND ARREST
« on: January 16, 2013, 07:10:33 PM »
It is so frustrating to see these guys out on parole as a prosecutor.  They get their probations revoked, sent to DOC, and are let right back out by the unelected parole board. No input from the local police or prosecutor.  They refuse to revoke their parole even after they are charged with another felony.  The probation and parole officers get as frustrated as me. There have been several cases on my press release this year where I see the name and think, hey didn't we just send that guy up to DOC  less than a year ago for 5 or 7 years.  I realize it is all about money, but it is frustrating.  Just my two cents.

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I can't give you a definite answer because they will be going through a number of different states with different laws.  I think the best answer is unless both parents agree to allowing the 16 year old to go, then they should not take her.

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PRESS RELEASE
12/5/12

Nine Offenders Sentenced to the Department of Corrections

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

The first defendant was Christopher Williams of St. Robert.  The defendant pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance, Domestic Assault in the Second Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree, and Felonious Restraint.  Judge Wiggins sentenced the defendant to a five year sentence in the Department of Corrections on each count to be served concurrently.  The St. Robert Police Department investigated the case.

The second defendant was Matthew Connors of Lebanon.  The defendant 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 Warren granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to two years in the Department of Corrections. The St. Robert Police Department investigated the original case.

The third defendant was Kevin Wilson of Waynesville.  The defendant was on probation for Burglary, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Resisting Arrest. After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation. Judge Sheffield granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to four seven year sentences and one four year sentence in the Department of Corrections, to run concurrent. The Waynesville Police Department investigated the original cases.

The fourth defendant was Curtis Blackshear of Waynesville. The defendant 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 Sheffield granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections. The St. Robert Police Department investigated the original case.

The fifth defendant was Thomas Ryan Gan of Waynesville.  The defendant entered a plea of guilty to Receiving Stolen Property.  Judge Wiggins sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

The sixth defendant was Larry Simmons of Waynesville.  The defendant pled guilty to Forgery and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Judge Wiggins sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The Waynesville Police Department investigated this case.

The seventh defendant was Matthew Mahr of St. Robert.  The defendant was on probation for Felony Non-Support of his child.  After continuing to not pay support and 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 to revoke his probation and sentenced the defendant to four years in the Department of Corrections.  This case was investigated by the Child Support Enforcement Agency.

The eighth defendant was Keonte Thompson of Fayetteville, North Carolina. The defendant was on probation for Forgery.  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 two years in the Department of Corrections.

The ninth defendant was Devon Cardin of Dixon.  The defendant pled guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree and Stealing. Judge Storie sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections on each count, to run concurrently.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the cases.

“I applaud the hard work of the law enforcement professionals here in Pulaski County for working to get these criminals in prison,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman. “Their hard work and dedication helps keep Pulaski County a safe place for our kids and families, especially during the holiday season.”

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


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

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PRESS RELEASE
11/9/12

Nine Offenders Sentenced to the Department of Corrections

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

The first defendant was Chang McPherson of St. Robert.  Mr. McPherson pled guilty to Domestic Assault in the Second Degree.  Judge Storie sentenced Mr. McPherson to fifteen years in the Department of Corrections.  The case was investigated by the St. Robert Police Department.

The second defendant was Nakia Lewis of Laquey.  The defendant was on probation after pleading guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance and Theft. The defendant failed to abide by the terms and conditions of her probation in those cases.  As a result, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke her probation.  Judge Wiggins granted the motion and sentenced her to two seven year sentences to run concurrently.  The defendant is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The original cases were investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the St. Robert Police Department.

The third defendant was James Duffey of Richland.  Mr. Duffey pled guilty to one count of Domestic Assault in the Second Degree.  Judge Wiggins sentenced him to five years in the Department of Corrections. The case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

The fourth defendant was Brian Lane of Dixon.  Mr. Lane was on probation after pleading guilty to Assault in the Second Degree.  Mr. Lane pled guilty to new charges of Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, two counts.  As a result of this new misconduct, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Sheffield granted the motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Sheffield sentenced the defendant to two seven year sentences on the Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer to run consecutively, and one seven year sentences on the Assault in the Second Degree, to run concurrently.  The original case was investigated by the St. Robert Police Department and the new case was investigated by the Waynesville Police Department.

The fifth defendant was Kele Johnson of St. Robert.  The defendant was on probation after pleading guilty to Domestic Assault in the Second Degree.  After failing to to comply with the terms and conditions of probation and as a result, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke the probation.  Judge Wiggins granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  The Waynesville Police Department investigated the original case.

The sixth defendant was Michael Warren of St. Robert.  Mr. Warren was on probation after pleading guilty to two counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance.  He failed to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation and as a result, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Sheffield granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to ten years in the Department of Corrections on one count and seven years on the second count, to run concurrently. The defendant is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The Waynesville Police Department and St. Robert Police Department investigated the original cases.

The seventh defendant was David Davignon of Dixon.  Mr. Davignon was on probation for Burglary in the Second Degree.  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 him to seven years in the Department of Corrections. The defendant is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The St. Robert Police Department investigated the original case.

The eighth defendant was Michael Danner of Eldon.  Mr. Danner pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance.  As a result of his plea, Judge Sheffield sentenced him to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  The defendant is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The case was investigated by the Richland Police Department.

The ninth defendant was Al Parsons of Laquey.  The defendant pled guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree.  Judge Storie sentenced the defendant to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  The defendant is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

“I continue to appreciate the hard work of my assistant prosecutors and all of our law enforcement officers while I am deployed with the National Guard,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman. “I sleep easier at night knowing that they continue to get these dangerous criminals off the street and into prison where they belong, helping to make Pulaski County a safe place for our families.”

The cases were prosecuted by 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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Coyote,

I have represented a few folks in cases like this.  I would encourage you to speak with the neighbor if that can be done and tell them of your concerns.  I have seen where the neighbors split the cost of the survey because they are not cheap.  If his buildings are found to be on your property, then you will need to figure out what to do.  Many times the solution is for them to pay for the property and transfer it, others it is to trade the land.  It also depends on how long the buildings have been on the property.  You do want to do something because if you know about it and do nothing, then adverse possession can take the property away from you.

Try and be reasonable and if that goes nowwhere, consult an attorney.  I would take no "self-help" remedies because that can open you up to potential legal liablity.

Kevin

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PRESS RELEASE
9/12/12
 
Five Offenders Sentenced to the Department of Corrections
 
Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that in Circuit Court action over the last month, five offenders were sentenced to terms of imprisonment in the Department of Corrections.  The five defendants were:
 
The first defendant was Auston Bradstreet of Waynesville.  Mr. Bradstreet pled guilty to Burglary in the Second Degree and two counts of Property Damage in the First Degree.  Judge Storie sentenced Mr. Bradstreet to seven years on the Burglary and two four year sentences on the Property Damage Charges.  All sentences were ordered to run consecutive for a total of fifteen years in the Department of Corrections. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the St. Robert Police Department investigated these cases.
 
The second defendant was Christopher Quale of Crocker.  Mr. Quale was on probation for Assault.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Sheffield granted the motion, revoked his probation, and sentenced him to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  In addition, Mr. Quale was turned over to Federal authorities who have filed a motion to revoke his probation in the Federal system.  The original case was investigated by the Waynesville Police Department.
 
The third defendant was Richard Wells of Richland.  Mr. Wells was on probation for Unlawful Use of a Weapon.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Sheffield granted the motion, revoked his probation, and sentenced him to three years in the Department of Corrections.  The Richland Police Department investigated the original case.
 
The fourth defendant was Scott Green of Laquey.  Mr. Green was on probation for Stealing.  After failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Sheffield granted the motion, revoked his probation, and sentenced him to five years in the Department of Corrections.  Mr. Green is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The Waynesville Police Department investigated the original case.
 

The fifth defendant was Devyn Franklin of Richland.  Mr. Franklin pled guilty to two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree and one count of Possession of Methamphetamine Precursors.  Judge Storie sentenced Mr. Franklin to sentences of seven years, seven years, and four years in the Department of Corrections, with the sentences to run concurrent.  Mr. Franklin is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
 
“Our law enforcement professionals continue to work hard to get dangerous criminals off our streets and into prison where they belong.  I appreciate their hard work in keeping Pulaski County a safe place to live and raise families,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.
 
The cases were prosecuted by 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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It all depends.  It usually takes several months.  The court of appeals is a unique thing and they move at their own pace.

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County Government Opinion / Re: Should Judge's Impose Stiffer Bond's?
« on: August 06, 2012, 07:21:56 AM »
JB hit the nail on the head, there is a Constitutional argument that bond can not be set too high or it would be a violation and they would be out anyways.  Our judges set bonds very consistent with all of the other counties in the area.  Although there may be individual cases where I have asked for a higher bond, 99% of the time the judges set a bond that I think is appropriate.  In fact, some of our judges push the limits on murder cases by setting cash only bonds.  As for making court dates, the bondsmen now do a good job of making sure these folks show up to court. There are very few instances where someone skips bond.

The problem is also we have no where to put these people, either at the county level or the state level.  We could probably fill a 400 person facility in this county alone if we wanted.  We have tried some initiatives at the county level to address the issue that causes most of these crimes, which is drugs, with programs like drug court and veterans court.  Funding is always an issue and we are working with what we have.

I agree with what you said though and share your frustration.  As the prosecutor, I see the same names over and over.  We will keep prosecuting them with the tools we have as hard as we can.

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These specific scenarios are left up to the discretion of the probation officer and the judge.  I have filed motions to revoke for felons associating with one another, but after the probation officer reports it to me. I guess if the mother is a problem, they could order the probationer not to live with her.  And the ones associating across the street would also seem to be a violation, especially if they have been told not to associate. However, without knowing what they were directed by their specific probation officer, I can't answer the question for sure.  Sorry, but those are good questions.

Kevin

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I do not know the specifics of how many offenders on probation fail probation.  My guess is less than 50%.  Felons can not associate with other felons while on probation or parole.  That would include living together, however they typically allow family members to live together. 

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 Mr. Driskell is awaiting trial in Laclede County for murder. I don't think he will ever be out of prison to make restitution.  That's why we did the prison time.  It is also a reminder of how dangerous a job law enforcement is. In this case, the Conservation Agent was alone at the river dealing with Driskell. Clearly, Driskell is dangerous and goes to show that you never know who you are dealing with, even on a game violation or speeding ticket. Kudos to the Conservation Agent.

2 years seams like an awful lot for harvesting bark off a worthless old elm tree since the wood is not good for lumber or fire wood. seams like a fine or paying for the trees would have been more fair. but what do i know im just a country boy who probably needs to move some place a little more country then this.

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PRESS RELEASE
8/1/12
 
Six Offenders Sentenced to the Department of Corrections
 
Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that in Circuit Court action over the last month, six offenders were sentenced to terms of imprisonment in the Department of Corrections.  The seven are:
 
The first defendant was Alvin Hamilton of St. Robert.  He was on probation after pleading guilty to two counts of distribution of a controlled substance.  After failing to comply with the terms and conditions of probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Storie granted the motion, revoked his probation and sentenced him to ten years in the Department of Corrections on each count, to run concurrent.  The original case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
 
The second defendant was Michael Ebert of Dixon.  He was on probation after pleading guilty to one count of burglary in the second degree.  After failing to comply with the terms and conditions of probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Storie granted the motion, revoked his probation, and sentenced him to five years in the Department of Corrections.  He is eligible for treatment while in the DOC.  The original case was investigated by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
 
The third defendant was Jesse Driskill of Lebanon.  Mr. Driskill pled guilty to crop damage after he cut off the bark of numerous slippery elm trees along the Gasconade River on private property to sell as a home medical remedy.  The trees died as a result of his acts.  Judge Storie sentenced him to serve two years in the Department of Corrections as a result of his plea.  The case was investigated by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
 
The fourth defendant was Bobby Bell of Dixon.  He was on probation for property damage in the first degree.  After failing to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Storie granted the motion, revoked his probation, and sentenced him to serve three years in the Department of Corrections.  The Dixon Police Department investigated the original case.
 
 
 
 
The fifth defendant was Samuel Dean of Richland.  He was on probation for burglary in the second degree.  After failing to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Storie granted the motion, revoked his probation, and sentenced him to serve seven years in the Department of Corrections. He is eligible for treatment while in the DOC.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office handled the original investigation.
 
The sixth defendant was Kylie Martin of Dixon.  She pled guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance.  As a result of her plea, Judge Sheffield sentenced her to seven years in the Department of Corrections.  She is eligible for treatment while in the DOC.  The Waynesville Police Department investigated the case.
 
“These sentences send the message that we are serious about sending criminals to prison in Pulaski County, especially ones that cannot abide by the terms and conditions of their probation,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  “I want to thank all of our law enforcement professionals for working hard to keep Pulaski County safe.  These sentences are a result of their hard work.”
 
The cases were prosecuted by 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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The seized money goes into a fund called the school revolving fund.  It does not go to any of our school districts directly.  As such, seized funds are disbursed throughout the state.  Law enforcement gets none of the funds in a state forfeiture.  If the Feds were to pick this up, then law enforcement gets some.  If you think this needs fixing (and I do), please tell you state legislator.


Kevin

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No, bond forfeitures go to the State.

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No, the County gets none of the bond money.

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PRESS RELEASE
7/3/12
 
Prosecutor’s Office Mid-Year Report
By: Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman
             The Prosecutor’s Office remains a busy and productive place halfway through 2012.  The biggest news from my office involves me personally. My National Guard unit has been called to Active Duty and as I write this article, I am currently at Ft. Hood preparing to head out to Kuwait.  However, there should be no interruption in service as my staff remains in place and my chief assistant prosecutor, Ken Clayton, is doing an excellent job as the acting prosecutor.  Ken was the prosecutor in Phelps County for eight years and I have full confidence that he will do a great job for the citizens of Pulaski County.  I have asked the County Commission to use my salary to pay for the additional help in my absence, so there should be no impact on the budget as well.
 
            As of July 1, 2012, we have filed 842 criminal cases this year (not counting traffic cases).  We have collected and disbursed $143,827 in restitution to victims of crimes to date.  We have also collected $17,251 in delinquent taxes to the State of Missouri, which allows both my office and the County to each receive 10% of this collection.  The courts switched to the Fine Collection Center (FCC) for traffic tickets, which is managed at the state level.  As such, I will not know the number of traffic tickets we handled until the end of the year.  However, the traffic docket has always been and remains a busy docket.
 
            One significant improvement we made to the office efficiency this year was the purchase of a new server and all new personal computers for all of the employees.  The best part about this purchase was it was done with no taxpayer dollars being expended.  Instead, we used money paid by offenders from two funds.  The first was the bad check fund that is funded from fees paid by those we have prosecuted for bad checks.  We used this to purchase a new server.  Our old server was so old and slow, we would not have been able to run our case management software any longer.  Our new server allows us to not only run the software but to expand our technology and continue our transition to a paperless office.  In the long run, this will help to save taxpayer dollars by making the office more efficient.
 
            The new desktop and laptop computers were purchased with funds from the County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund (CLERF).  This fund is an additional court cost taxed to many defendants who have been convicted of crimes.  The Sheriff, the Prosecutor, and the Coroner are permitted to use these funds for law enforcement purposes.  A board, made up of community members appointed by the County Commission, oversees the fund and approves any request for funds.  These new computers are running Windows 7 and will last us years into the future.  The laptops we purchased also continued our ability to use technology to make the Prosecutor’s Office more efficient and better handle the continued growing caseload of Pulaski County at the best value to the taxpayer.  These computers were a long overdue needed upgrade and have really improved the efficiency of the office. 
 
            We hosted two new events this year during Crime Victims’ Rights Week to try and bring awareness to victims as well as raise some money for those who help victims of crimes.  The first was a breakfast in honor of Victims of Crime and we had an outstanding speaker who was the victim of abuse as a child shared her experiences.  My office hosted this in conjunction with Kids Harbor, one of the agencies in our county who service crime victims.  The second event we hosted was a benefit golf tournament at the new St. Robert Municipal Golf Course.  I am proud to say that we raised a little over $1200.00 during the event.  We donated the proceeds to Kids Harbor, Genesis House, and my office’s victim advocate program.  My office used the proceeds to purchase furniture to make a kids area for children who must come to court as a witness. I want to thank all who attended or sponsored these events.  With the success we had this year, we hope to make these events a yearly event.
 
            I look forward to returning home in May of next year and getting back to work at the courthouse.  However, I am still proud of what my office has accomplished this year and the progress we have made over my first year and a half in office.  We continue to strive to keep Pulaski County a safe place to live and raise your family and we will continue our policy of aggressively prosecuting criminals.  If you ever have a question or wish to speak with me or any of the members of my staff, please feel free to contact us at 573-774-4770.       
 
 
Please direct all questions to Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney.

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PRESS RELEASE
7/10/12
Four Offenders Sentenced to the Department of Corrections

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney announces that in Circuit Court action over the last month, four offenders were sentenced to terms of imprisonment in the Department of Corrections.  The seven are:
 
The first defendant was Demontra Hatfield of St. Robert.  Mr. Hatfield was on probation for a charge of Robbery.  After failing to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Storie granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to ten years in the Department of Corrections.  The St. Robert Police Department investigated the original case.
 
The second defendant was Jerry Geiselhart of Dixon.  Mr. Geiselhart was on probation for Stealing.  After failing to comply with the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Storie granted the motion and sentenced the defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The St. Robert Police Department investigated the original case.
 
The third defendant was James Johnson of Dixon.  Mr. Johnson was on probation for Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  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 five years in the Department of Corrections.  The Dixon Police Department investigated the original case.
 
The fourth defendant was Charles Lariver of Fort Leonard Wood.  Mr. Lariver pled guilty to two counts of possession of methamphetamine.  Judge Storie sentenced the defendant to two five year sentences to run concurrent with one another in the Department of Corrections.  He is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  These cases were investigated by the St. Robert Police Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
 
“These cases reflect our continued tough stance on those offenders who cannot meet the terms and conditions of their probation.  If they cannot follow the rules, they need to go to prison and we will continue this policy,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  “I want to thank our law enforcement professionals for working hard to keep Pulaski County safe.  These cases are a result of their hard work.”
 
The cases were prosecuted by 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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