Court Cases Heard By Circuit Judge Robert L. Koffman on August 3rd 2015
The following is a sampling of cases that were heard during Circuit Judge Robert L. Koffman’s on August 3rd, 2015.
Before: Honorable Robert L. Koffman
Appearing for the State: Phillip Sawyer.
Jon A. Zaremba, 24, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to two separate counts of Felony Stealing. This is the result of an investigation in early March of this year that uncovered multiple individuals (including Mr. Zaremba) had stolen checks from Jerry D. Parker and conspired to cash them and divide the money. According to the defendant’s statement to police he received $400 for each check he arranged to have cashed at local banks. Defendant was sentenced to 5 years in the Department of Corrections on each Count.
Abigail Imperial, 34, Smithton, pleaded guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Driving While Intoxicated – Drug Related. This was the result of two separate investigations. On 2/6/2015 Mo. Troopers responded to a rollover crash whereby the driver had fled the scene on foot carrying to at least 2 bags from the scene. The following day officers received information that an individual matching the suspect’s description had entered into a work shed located at Highway E in rural Pettis County. After receiving consent to enter the shed by the homeowners Officers located Ms. Imperial and took her into custody. A later search of the bags she had in her possession revealed Methamphetamine and a Hi-Point .45 caliber pistol and magazine containing 8 rounds. Ms. Imperial’s DWI is the result of Sedalia Police responding to the area of Broadway and Engineer to a report of a vehicle sitting in the intersection. Upon arrival officers located the driver, identified as Ms. Imperial, seated behind the wheel, unconscious, slumped over the wheel with the car running, in gear and her foot lodged on the brake. Officers noted the odor of Marijuana coming from the vehicle and after refusing to submit to field tests a search of her blood via a search warrant was taken. Sentencing was continued to August 17, 2015 to confirm a bed date with the Department of Corrections, with the recommendation of the State that Ms. Imperial be sentenced to 7 years DOC on the Methamphetamine and 4 years DOC for the unlawful use of a weapon and a 120 day sentence on the DWI.
Cody Hall, 19, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to Tampering with a motor vehicle in the 1st degree. This offense is the result of a reported stolen vehicle from a home on E. 26th St. A witness familiar with the truck reported seeing it in the Otterville area and two subjects operating it. Upon making contact with the subjects two individuals fled the scene. The defendant was later questioned and admitted to being inside the vehicle and starting the engine up. The defendant was sentenced to 5 years in the Department of Corrections. This sentence will run concurrent with a Robbery 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action case in which the Defendant was previously sentenced on June 1, 2015 in the Circuit Court of Pettis County to 10 years and 3 years respectively.