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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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Mandate is a fancy word for a court order.  It depends on what they ordered.  If it says affirmed, then it means the conviction and sentence stands.  If it says reversed, then they might get a new trial or be released.  The word mandate by itself means little unless you know what the court mandated.  I hope that helps.

Kevin

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Remember, my list is not current for operational reasons. It is usually 1-2 weeks behind so the bad guys don't know the good guys are looking for them.

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First, the question about the parole board.  That is something the state legislature would have to change so those folks running for that position need to be informed.  Trust me, the prosecutors in this state to include myself have lobbied for changes.  However, until the fiscal situation changes, I doubt there will be any more prison space built so the situation will stay the same.  That's why on the local level we are doing things like Drug Court and Veterans Court to try and help here in our community.


On this specific case, yes, his sentence can and will likely be executed for the case he is on probation for.  My office will file a motion to revoke and this new arrest will be grounds for it.  As to the parole case, the board could have revoked his parole and they did not for some reason.  Again, I have no control or input as to parole, it comes down from the state.


If I recall the specifics of this case in which he pled, it was an older case that needed to be moved.  My judgment call was it was not worth a trial, and several thousand dollars in costs to the taxpayers to get a conviction, get a sentence, only to have him paroled again because it is a drug crime.  I figured he would screw up and we would do a probation revocation and then we would send him up.  The formula the parole board uses takes into account if they come in on a probation revocation.  It ups the amount of time they have to serve.  So basically I gave him the rope, and not surprisingly he has hung himself. 


I agree the system is flawed, and it frustrates the hell out of me.  However, I have to play by the rules I am given  and I try to get the best bang for the buck I can with what tools I have.  I hope that explains some of the process. 


P.S.  By the way, we get used to seeing the same people all the time that we joke that they must have frequent flyer miles with the parole board that gets them out early.

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One short answer is the unelected parole board.  In my first year and a half as prosecutor, I can't tell you how many times we have sent people up for 5 or 7 years only to see them again on a new charge 5 months later. I then find out they were paroled.  The parole board usually will not revoke their parole until they get a new conviction, not just an arrest.  It is incredibly frustrating.  I have asked why this is and the answer I always get is no room in prison.  Thus, for every murderer that checks in, they have to release a drug crime defendant. Mr. Ellzey should still be in prison, but again the local law enforcement, prosecutor, and judge have to deal with him because the state cannot.


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Sheriff, I would like to know why this guy Ellzey is not in jail  According to casenet in 2008 he plead guilty to assault on LE  in 2008 he plead guilty to a felony, got probation and in 2010 he was sent to prison for 4 years. 18 months later he get picked up for driving without a license, but just gets a fine.  He should have been in jail.  The in December of 2011 he pleads guilty to Distribution of drugs and GETS PROBATION.  He should have still been in jail. 


So at 21 he has been convicted of 2 felonies and two misdemeanors.  His fourth conviction in 4 years for what I consider the most serious offense gets him probation?  I don't understand.


Looks to me like even if LE does a good job, the judges just go and let them out.  Any insight?


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PRESS RELEASE
6/11/12

Kevin Hillman, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, announces that today in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, Cody Willcoxson was sentenced to two terms of thirty years confinement in the Department of Corrections, to run concurrently, on the charges of Assault on a Law Enforcement officer, class A Felonies. Mr. Willcoxson had pled guilty to the charges in April.  He still faces a number of serious charges arising from this same incident in Phelps County.

These charges are a result of an incident that occurred on May 12, 2011.  The suspect was involved in a car chase through Ft. Leonard, St. Robert and then along Interstate 44. While traveling at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour Mr. Willcoxson was using a high powered rifle to shoot at officers that were in pursuit. Chief Curtis Currenton and Officer Trenton Herr pursued the vehicle from St. Robert, Missouri to Rolla, Missouri where Chief Currenton’s patrol car was disabled by the shots fired by Mr. Willcoxson.  Officer Herr pursued Mr. Willcoxson on to the Missouri University Science and Technology Campus where Mr. Willcoxson’s vehicle struck a barrier and was disabled.  Mr. Willcoxson then fled on foot and was later apprehended after a several hour man hunt. Mr. Willcoxson admitted to being under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of this incident.

“I want to thank Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ken Clayton for his outstanding skills as an attorney to achieve the maximum sentence in this case. I also want to thank Chief Curtis Currenton and Officer Trenton Herr for their selfless acts of courage and bravery under fire. Let this send a message that Pulaski County will not tolerate negligent disregard for the public, nor acts of violence against those sworn to protect the citizens of this county.” said Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.

The Prosecutor’s Office wishes to thank the St. Robert Police Department, Rolla Police Department and all other law enforcement agencies involved for their quick response and apprehension of this subject. We will continue to work hard to bring offenders to justice for their crimes and keep Pulaski County a safe place to live.

Please direct all questions to Kenneth G. Clayton, Pulaski County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

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Business Opinion / Re: Deborah Hooper's now a defense lawyer
« on: June 04, 2012, 10:49:02 AM »
I am not aware of any mass dismissal of cases in January 2011 or 2012.  There was a dismissal docket of old cases in December 2010 I believe before I took office.  Can you let me know where you got the statistics and I can tell you what they were. However, I did not do a mass dismissal.


Kevin

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PRESS RELEASE
5/29/12
Five Offenders Sentenced to the Department of Corrections

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

1.  William Alexander of Dixon.  Mr. Alexander was on probation as a result of a plea of guilty to a charge of forgery.  Mr. Alexander also was charged in a new case with receiving stolen property.  Mr. Alexander pled guilty to the charge of receiving stolen property and Judge Colin Long sentenced him to five years in the Department of Corrections.  As a result of his plea of guilty and a motion to revoke his probation filed by the Prosecutor’s Office, Judge Mary Sheffield revoked his probation and sentenced him to five years in the Department of Corrections as well.  These cases were investigated by the Waynesville Police Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. 

2.  Bruce Bagley of St. Robert.  Mr. Bagley was on probation for kidnapping and he absconded from probation.  He was subsequently arrested in Arizona and he fought extradition to Missouri.  The Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation and requested a governor’s warrant in order to extradite him from Arizona.  Governor Nixon issued that warrant and Governor Brewer of Arizona ordered Mr. Bagley back to Missouri.  Judge Sheffield granted the Prosecutor’s motion to revoke probation and sentenced the Defendant to ten years in the Department of Corrections. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the original case and assisted with the extradition from Arizona.

3.  Derrick Redden of Waynesville.  Mr. Redden was on probation for fraudulent use of a credit device.  The Defendant violated the terms and conditions of his probation and the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Sheffield granted the motion and sentenced the Defendant to five years in the Department of Corrections.  The Waynesville Police Department investigated the original case.

4.  John Sandifer of Waynesville.  Mr. Sandifer was on probation for burglary.  After violating the terms and conditions of his probation, the Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion to revoke his probation.  Judge Sheffield granted the motion and sentenced Mr. Sandifer to five years in the Department of Corrections.  Mr. Sandifer is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department investigated the original case.

5.  Melissa Wright of Richland.  Ms. Wright was on probation for possession of a controlled substance.  After testing positive for controlled substances while on 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 Defendant is eligible for treatment while in the Department of Corrections.  The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group investigated the original case.

“These cases continue to show that if you are given a second chance on probation and fail to follow the rules, there will be repercussions.  As the Bagley case shows, we will track you down and bring you back to Pulaski County to answer for your crime no matter where you run,” said Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.  “I am grateful to all the law enforcement officers in multiple states who worked together to bring him back from Arizona and to our local law enforcement officers for their hard work in all of these cases.”

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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Great deputies who work hard and their promotions are well deserved!

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PRESS RELEASE
4/24/12

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

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

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

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

This case was prosecuted by Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.

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

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

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

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

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