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Court Cases from the February 18, 2014 Law Docket

The following cases from the office of the Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Mittelhauser were taken up during the Feb. 18 Law Day docket.
Charles Michael Billingley, 27, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to tampering in the first degree, admitting he took a vehicle without the owner’s consent on December 29.  He was placed on probation for five years with requirements that he pay restitution and have no contact with the victim.

Holly Boyer, 31, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.  The charges arose from a May 13 arrest by a Pettis County Deputy who found hydromorphone and syringes in the defendant’s possession.  She was sentenced to serve two years in prison.

Wesley Bradley, 20, of Stover, pleaded guilty to two felony and two misdemeanor drug offenses arising from two separate arrests last year. Sedalia Police arrested the defendant September 20 and found methamphetamine, a pipe and marijuana in his possession.  When the Sedalia Police Department’s S.T.I.N.G. Unit served a search warrant December 13 at an apartment on Second Street, officers found ten hydrocodone pills.  The defendant later told officers he intended to sell the pills.  The defendant was sentenced to nine years in prison and directed to complete the Institutional Treatment Program.  He will be granted probation after 120 days if he successfully completes that program.

Ronald Duncan, 34, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance and a paraphernalia charge stemming from a January 9 arrest by Sedalia Police.  The defendant was sentenced to serve two years in prison.

Matthew Faries, age 34, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to tampering in the first degree and stealing and was sentenced to serve 3 years in prison.  The defendant took a vehicle from the parking lot at Bothwell Regional Health Center December 29, and removed items from the vehicle before abandoning it.  Sedalia Police identified the defendant from video recordings in the hospital and in the parking lot.

Brian Fisher, 40, of Stover, pleaded guilty to assault in the second degree and was placed on probation for 5 years.  On January 17, 2013, the defendant assaulted the victim at a local bar after the victim made unwanted advances on the defendant’s girlfriend.  The defendant continued to strike the victim, breaking bones in his face, after the victim was on the ground.  Conditions of probation include 60 days of shock detention,restitution for medical bills, and a “no contact’ provision.

Leon Hinckley, 25, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance.  Sedalia Police arrested the defendant December 17 after finding hydrocodone pills and unused plastic baggies in his possession.  The defendant was sentenced to serve four years in prison.

Michael Nicholson, 47, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to manufacture of a controlled substance, charges filed after the Pettis County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant August 6 and found growing marijuana plants outside the defendant’s home near Dresden.  Execution of a 10-year sentence was suspended and the defendant was placed on probation for five years with a requirement that he submit to hair follicle testing every three months to detect whether he has been using drugs.

John Rickerson, 38, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to two driving while revoked charges stemming from a September 4 arrest by Sedalia Police Officers and a November 27 arrest by Sedalia Police.  The offenses were felonies due to the defendant’s prior convictions for similar offenses.  He was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail.

Timothy Saathoff, 55, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.  The Sedalia Police Department’s S.T.I.N.G. Unit found methamphetamine and a pipe March 5 when serving a search warrant at the defendant’s home on Engineer.  He was sentenced to serve 3 years in prison.

Kimberly Stout, 43 of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to stealing and was sentenced to serve two years in prison.  Sedalia Police  arrested the defendant June 15 after she was caught trying to leave Walmart without paying for over $600 in merchandise.

On Wednesday Jameson Smith, age 24 of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to two driving while revoked charges and was sentenced to serve two years in prison.

On January 10, Sedalia Police attempted to arrest the defendant after seeing him drive a vehicle on Clinton Road.  Two weeks later, Pettis County Deputies arrested the defendant for the same offense on Whitfield Road.

Also on February 19, Timothy Hurr, 29, Warrensburg, was found guilty of felony driving while revoked at a bench trial before Judge Robert L.Koffman.  The judge ordered a sentence assessment report and scheduled sentencing for April 8.

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