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Recent criminal cases in Pettis County listed

December 4, 2013

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

Ballew, Carla, 44, address unknown, was ordered to serve a 7 year sentence when her probation was revoked on a bad check charge.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.

Barnett, Gary, 38, Sweet Springs, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and two resisting arrest charges. Sedalia Police Officer Preston Hesselbacher arrested the defendant June 29 and Sedalia Police Officer Kevin Klein arrested him again 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.

Brown, Earnest, 32, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to driving while revoked, a charge arising from a July 27, 2012 arrest by Sedalia Police Officer Preston Hesselbacher. 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.

Cano, Juan,17, 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.

Green, Nathan, 22, Sedalia, was ordered to serve a 5 year sentence after his probation was revoked on a felony possession charge.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.

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

Hawkins, Laura, 18, 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.

Higginbotham, Donald, 32, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to burglary and stealing in connection with a March 13 theft from a Sedalia business. The defendant admitted to Sedalia Police Det. Daniel Benner 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.

Hoskins, Holly, 28, Sedalia, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for burglary in the second degree. On January 24, Sedalia Police Officer Neva Overstreet 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.

Kronk, Christopher, 41, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, a charge arising from an April 28 arrest by Sedalia Police Officer Michael Elwood. 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.

Lappat, Dustin, 32, 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.

Martin, Michael, 17, 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. Sedalia Police Officer Victoria Kottman’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.

Moore, Lisa, 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.

Mrazek, Robert, 23, 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.

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

Teeter Bennett, Summer, 34, Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. In pleading guilty, she admitted she possessed methamphetamine during a May 16 traffic stop by Sedalia Police Det. Kevin Klein. 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.

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

–Submitted by Pettis County prosecuting Attorney Jeff Mittelhauser

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