Coutts, Ricky, 50, Sedalia, was sentenced to 7 years in prison on charges arising from a July 24 incident in Dresden. Early that morning, deputies responded to a home in Dresden because the defendant was threatening to shoot someone. During a standoff which lasted an hour and a half, the defendant fired his handgun several times. No one was injured and Sedalia Police Det. Larry Parham eventually talked the defendant into surrendering the weapon. In April, the defendant entered guilty pleas to assault of a law enforcement officer in the second degree, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. The sentences were handed down Friday at the conclusion of a contested sentencing hearing.
Curd, Kent, 48, Sedalia, was sentenced to three years in prison on two felony driving while revoked charges. He was arrested July 6 and July 31 by Sedalia Police Officer Wes Flores. The offenses were felonies because of the defendant’s prior convictions. He entered into a plea agreement in January which called for two year sentences but then failed to appear in court.
Ferguson, Alphonso, 25, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, an offense which occurred August 1 in the 100 block of South Park. Sedalia Police Officer A. J. Silvey’s investigation led him to the defendant, who admitted striking a parked vehicle and then leaving. The defendant was placed on probation for two years with requirements that he serve 10 days in jail as shock detention and pay restitution.
Fritchey, Michael, 29, Smithton, was sentenced to 2 years for stealing wheels from Mark’s Used Cars December 31. The crime was recorded by a camera at the business. The defendant entered a guilty plea in April and was sentenced at the conclusion of a contested hearing Wednesday.
Hunt, Donald, 49, Sedalia, was sentenced to 2 years in prison for driving while revoked. Sedalia Police Officer Wes Flores arrested the defendant August 27. The offense was a felony because of the defendant’s prior convictions.
Pate, Mark, 51, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to two felony driving while revoked charges. Pettis County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tollie Rowe arrested the defendant March 25, 2011, and then Sedalia Police Officer Preston Hesselbacher arrested him February 16. He was sentenced to serve ten months in jail.
Pitts, Darrin, 41, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to driving while revoked, a felony due to his prior convictions. Sedalia Police Officer Michael Elwood arrested the defendant December 20 for a traffic violation and learned he was suspended. The defendant was sentenced to serve 240 days in jail.
Sleeper, Joshua, 23, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was placed on probation for 5 years. Sedalia Police Officer Todd Nappe arrested the defendant January 7 after finding alprazolam in his possession. While on probation, the defendant will be required to serve 10 days of shock detention and perform 120 hours of community service work.
Staten, Walter, 49, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the first degree as a persistent offender and armed criminal action in connection with the May 9, 2011 shooting death of William Saunders. The defendant walked into the lobby of the Sheriff’s Department that evening to turn himself in for the shooting nearly simultaneously with the discovery of the deceased by Sedalia Police Officers. The defendant claimed the shooting was accidental but physical evidence at the scene contradicted his story. He was sentenced to terms of 15 years and 25 years to be served consecutive for a total sentence of 40 years.
And on Friday June 8, Saline County Associate Judge Hugh Harvey placed Patricia Ragsdale, 52, Sedalia, on probation for 5 years for stealing. The defendant was charged in connection with thefts from Sara Lee—Earthgrains on South Limit in the fall of 2010. She was found guilty at a trial conducted in April. While on probation the defendant will be required to pay restitution and serve 30 days of shock detention.
–Submitted by Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Mittelhauser