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Court Cases from the Pettis County Prosecutor’s Office: December 5, 2013

During court appearances on December 2 and December 3, the following criminal cases were taken up:

Carla Ballew,  44, address unknown, was ordered to serve a 7-year sentence when her probation was revoked on a bad check charge.  She had paid none of the more than $6,000 in restitution she had been ordered to pay, and she absconded from probation supervision for more than a year.

Gary Barnett, 38, of Sweet Springs, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and two resisting arrest charges.  Sedalia Police Officers arrested the defendant June 29 and also on August 19.  The driving offenses were felonies because the defendant has at least four prior convictions for various offenses, including prior driving while revoked offenses.  He was sentenced to serve 240 days in jail.

Earnest Brown, 32, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to driving while revoked, a charge arising from a July 27, 2012 arrest by a Sedalia Police Officer.  The offense was a felony because the defendant has at least four prior convictions.  He was placed on probation for 5 years with a requirement that he serve 120 days of shock detention.

Juan Cano, 17, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to burglary, attempted burglary and stealing in connection with a June 19 break-in at a Sedalia liquor store and an attempted break-in at another store the same evening.  On the felonies, he was placed on probation for 5 years with requirements that he pay restitution to the business owners and perform 120 hours of community service.  On the stealing charge, he was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail.

Nathan Green, 22, of Sedalia, was ordered to serve a 5 year sentence after his probation was revoked on a felony possession charge.  The judge directed the defendant to complete the Institutional Treatment Program.

Tina Haislip, age 44, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to serve 6 years in prison.  Sedalia Police arrested the defendant on September the 24th after finding methamphetamine and paraphernalia in her possession. Her probation on an earlier drug charge was also revoked.

Laura Hawkins, 18, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor stealing, admitting she sold two rings owned by a family member at a Sedalia pawn shop.  After paying restitution, she was sentenced to serve 10 days in jail.

Donald Higginbotham, age 32, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to burglary and stealing in connection with a March 13 theft from a Sedalia business.  The defendant admitted to Sedalia Police Detectives that he served as a lookout while two others stole property from Walmart.  On the burglary charge, the defendant was placed on probation for 5 years with a requirement that he pay restitution.  On the stealing charge, he was sentenced to serve 10 days in jail.

Holly Hoskins, 28, of Sedalia, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for burglary in the second degree.  On January 24, a Sedalia Police Officer caught the defendant carrying a television from an unoccupied house on South Missouri.  The defendant was found guilty at a jury trial conducted September 10.  The judge directed the defendant to complete the Institutional Treatment Program while in prison.

Christopher Kronk, 41, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a charge arising from an April 28 arrest by a Sedalia Police Officer.  After an arrest for a municipal ordinance violation, the officer found methamphetamine in his possession.  The defendant was placed on probation for 5 years with requirements that he perform 90 hours of community service and consent to a search of his residence, vehicle or person any time an officer requests.

Dustin Lappat, age 32, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to stealing by deceit, admitting he collected unemployment benefits by failing to report income. He was placed on probation for 5 years with a requirement that he pay restitution to the State of Missouri.

Michael Martin, 17, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, tampering with a motor vehicle, driving without a license and assault in the third degree.  A Sedalia Police Officer’s  investigation showed that on June 6, the defendant struck a parked car on Osage Avenue and left the scene without stopping.  He refused to stop to allow a passenger to get out of his car, requiring the passenger to jump from the moving vehicle.  The defendant was placed on probation for 5 years with a condition that he pay restitution.  He was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail on the misdemeanor assault charge.

Lisa Moore, 34, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and assault of a law enforcement officer.  Officers called to check on the well-being of a customer at a convenience store July 30 found the defendant under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of methamphetamine.  The defendant kicked an officer who was arresting her.  She was sentenced to serve 120 days in jail.

Robert Mrazek, 23, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to a number of offenses committed earlier this year, including the following:  a March 11 trespassing and possession of a controlled substance incident; a series of thefts from vehicles committed April 29; a July 5 assault against a Pettis County Jail Officer; and two driving while revoked charges.  The judge ordered a sentencing assessment report and scheduled a sentencing hearing February 4.

Bradley Rabourn, 26, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to driving while revoked and resisting arrest, offenses which occurred August 23 when he fled from a Pettis County Sheriff’s Deputy when the officer attempted to arrest him for a traffic offense.  The defendant was sentenced to serve 270 days in jail.

Bennett, Summer Teeter 34, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance.  In pleading guilty, she admitted she possessed methamphetamine during a May 16 traffic stop by a Sedalia Police Detective.  She was placed on probation for 5 years with requirements that she serve 60 days in jail as shock detention and perform 120 hours of community service work.

Charles Winsauer, 32, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. A Pettis County Sheriff’s Deputy  found methamphetamine and paraphernalia in the defendant’s possession September 6.  The defendant was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail.

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