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July 2 Law Day results listed

July 10, 2012

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The following cases were heard on the July 2 Law Day docket:

•Cortes-Garcia, Antonio, 44, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree, admitting he submitted a child to sexual contact earlier this year. He was sentenced to serve 3 years in prison.

•Dotson, Dennis, 49, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. Sedalia Police Officer Michael Elwood arrested the defendant March 14 and found a tenth of a gram of methamphetamine in his pocket. He was sentenced to serve 4 years in prison. The State dropped persistent drug offender allegations.

•Edwards, Joseph, 34, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to twelve felony charges filed in connection with a string of burglaries committed November through March. The defendant was arrested on three separate occasions during that time, posted bond after the first two arrests, and continued to commit new offenses. The prosecutor recommended twelve consecutive 5 year sentences for a total sentence of 60 years. The Court ordered a sentencing assessment report and scheduled a sentencing hearing September 18.

•Gravitt III, Samuel, 19, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to burglary and stealing charges filed in connection with break-ins at two home and thefts from four vehicles in December and January. He was placed on probation for 5 years on the felonies and ordered to pay restitution. He was sentenced to serve 120 days in jail on the misdemeanors.

•Hughes, Justin, 27, Pleasant Grove, pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. The charges arose from an argument between family members which culminated with the defendant firing a gun into a home he knew to be occupied by a child. Execution of 7 and 4 year sentences was suspended and the defendant was placed on probation for 5 years with requirements that he serve 60 days of shock detention, possession no firearm, have no contact with the victims and surrender his peace officer commissioni.

•Johnson, John, 30, address unknown, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. Sedalia Police Officer Casey DeVorss arrested the defendant December 4, 2010 and found methamphetamine residue on a set of scales. The defendant was sentenced to serve 2 years in prison.

•Keele, William, 38, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to stealing, admitting he took a car from American Auto Rental December 23. He paid restitution and was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail.

•Knott, Demarco, 19, Kansas City, pleaded guilty to stealing. He admitted that on July 28, he and two others stole over $500 worth of merchandise from Walmart. The defendant was placed on probation for 5 years with requirements that he serve 90 days of shock detention, pay restitution and perform community service work.

•Potter, Chad, 40, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. Sheriff’s deputies found cocaine in the defendant’s possession December 7 when he returned to the Pettis County Jail on work release. The case was continued to September 4 for sentencing.

•Rayl, Brian, 21, Green Ridge, pleaded guilty to arson in the second degree in connection with a fire at an unoccupied house at 420 S. Engineer January 2. Rayl, who had previously lived in the home, admitted to Sedalia Police Det. Matthew Sprinkles that he set the fire because he was angry at the owner of the home. He was sentenced to serve 5 years in prison. Rayl also pleaded guilty to two separate, unrelated charges involving his display of a firearm last summer. He was sentenced to serve 4 years in prison on the weapons charges.

•Rush, Tammy, 42, Sedalia, was sentenced to serve 80 days in jail on a stealing charge. She entered a guilty plea in May, admitting she stole from a local convenience store where she worked on April 27, 2011.

•Shown, Lowell, 49, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to driving while revoked. Sedalia Police Officer Edwin Crampton arrested the defendant February 27. The offense was a felony because the defendant has four prior driving while revoked convictions. He was sentenced to serve 3 years in prison.

•Thompson, Matthew, 22, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to stealing, a charge filed in connection with the theft of a motor vehicle from Sedalia Automotive in May. He was sentenced to serve 3 years in prison. His probation was also revoked on an earlier burglary charge.

•Woolery, Russell,47, Sedalia, was sentenced to serve 2 years in prison for possession of a controlled substance. Sedalia Police Officer Michael Elwood found hydrocodone in the defendant’s possession on February 27. The defendant entered a guilty plea in June.

–Submitted by Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Mittelhauser

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