52 cases processed during May Ozark County Law Day

Circuit Judge Craig Carter processed a total of 13 civil cases and 39 criminal cases during the May 9 session of the Ozark County Law Day. The criminal cases are listed below.

Cases to reach disposition
Estevon S. Dockins pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm and was sentenced to five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The sentencing is to run concurrently with a probation violation (see below) in a separate case.
Josh R. Hardison pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance and was given a suspended imposition of sentence and placed on supervised probation. A second case in which Hardison was charged with three additional counts of possession of a controlled substance was dismissed by the prosecutor.
David James Reichert pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was given a suspended imposition of sentence.
Kelley Mitchell Risley pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated causing physical injury and leaving the scene of an accident with physical injury. He was sentenced to a 120-day institutional drug treatment program in the Missouri Department of Corrections. He was also given a four-year back-up prison sentence. As part of the agreement, an additional charge of driving while intoxicated causing physical injury was dismissed. (See additional case, below.)

Probation and
payment hearings
Estevon Dockins, who pleaded guilty to domestic assault and possession of a controlled substance in November 2016, admitted to violating his probation. His probation was revoked, and he was sent to the Missouri Department of Corrections to serve his sentence, which was ordered to run concurrently with another case in which he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm (see above). He was sentenced to five years in prison on that charge.
Anthony L. Martin, who pleaded guilty to resisting/interfering with an arrest for a felony and possession of controlled substance in May 2016, admitted to violating his probation. His original five-year prison sentence was executed, to run concurrently with a Howell County case in which he was also sentenced.
Travis Lee Brown, who pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in February 2017, had his probation-violation hearing continued.
Robert Shane Carpenter, who pleaded guilty to burglary and theft/stealing of property or services valued between $500 and $25,000, appeared with his defense attorney and admitted to violating his probation. He was sentenced to a 120-day shock jail sentence in the Ozark County Jail. He was allowed credit for time he has already served in Missouri and Arkansas, and he was continued on probation.
Cody Taylor Goodwin, who pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in May 2017, appeared after  completing a 10-day shock jail sentence in the Ozark County Jail. He was continued on probation.
Brian Paul Harris, who pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in May 2016, appeared for a probation-violation hearing. He entered into a drug court program.
Dustin Michael Higby, who pleaded guilty to burglary and stealing in April, had a probation-conditions review hearing. He submitted a urinalysis that tested clean. His hearing was continued to June 6.
Dawn C. Holt, who pleaded guilty to five counts of passing bad checks of $500 or more, was in custody at the Arkansas Department of Corrections at the time of the hearing. The public defender was appointed, and Holt was scheduled to return for a hearing on June 6.
Benjamin Lee Jackson, who pleaded guilty to unlawful possession, transport, manufacture, repair or sale of an illegal weapon, appeared for a probation-violation hearing after completing a 10-day shock jail sentence.He was continued on probation.
Kerry D. McKee, who pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, appeared for a probation-violation hearing. He has completed a 10-day shock jail sentence and was continued on probation.
Jesse Morgan, who pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child in October 2014, admitted to violating his probation. His original four-year prison sentence was executed.
Ryan S. Padgett, who pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing a controlled substance in December 2017, has completed a 10-day shock jail sentence and was continued on probation.
Kelley Mitchell Risley, who pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in November 2016 and admitted to violating his probation in March, appeared for a probation-violation sentencing. He was continued on probation with the additional condition that he complete DWI court.
Joshua D. Lane, who pleaded guilty to five counts of forgery in October 2012, appeared for a probation hearing after a probation violation was filed against him. He was ordered to be supervised by Court Probationary Services. The probation-violation hearing was rescheduled for June 6.
Julie Lazorchak, who pleaded guilty to five counts of forgery in April 2015, had her probation-violation hearing continued to June 6.
Nathan Harley Poland, who pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana in November 2016, had his probation-violation hearing continued to June 6.
Archie Vincent, who pleaded guilty to non-support of a child with total arrears in excess of 12 monthly payments due under a child support order in October 2016, appeared for a probation-violation hearing. It was continued to July 11.

Continued or
rescheduled for June 6
Michael W. McCullough, charged with three counts of child molestation, had his plea hearing or trial setting continued to June 6. He was granted permission to go to work and to his daughter’s graduation.
Angela Brake, charged with assault–first degree or attempt to assault with serious physical injury or with a special victim and armed criminal action, was arraigned and had her plea hearing or trial setting continued.
Hanna J. Schaum, charged with stealing $750 or more, was arraigned. A plea hearing or trial setting is scheduled.
Jeffrey Carl Sumner, charged with possession of a controlled substance other than 35 grams or less of marijuana, appeared with defense counsel. His motion to be released to supervision by Court Probationary Services was overruled.
Misty L. Watson, charged with assault and property damage, was arraigned. She has a plea hearing or trial setting scheduled. She has also filed a motion for a change of judge.
Jennifer G. Winters, charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, was arraigned. She is scheduled to reappear for a plea hearing or trial setting.
Justin W. Willhite, charged with burglary and stealing of $750 or more, had his plea hearing or trial setting continued.

Continued or
rescheduled for July 11
Robin S. Greathouse, (change-of-venue case from Douglas County) had a case review with Douglas County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wade in attendance. Greathouse was found guilty of capital murder in a jury trial in December 1979 and received a sentence of life imprisonment without parole until he had served a minimum of 50 years. Because he was 17 years old at the time of the murder, recent changes to the Missouri Revised Statutes cause these types of cases to be reviewed and remanded to the sentencing court. The case is scheduled to be reviewed on the July 11 Law Day.
Benjamin Taylor, charged with property damage, was arraigned. He is scheduled to reappear for a plea hearing or trial setting.

Other cases
Jerry Studdard, charged with forcible sodomy - deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion and statutory sodomy–second degree, appeared for a motions hearing. Studdard had filed a motion for a change of judge. That motion was sustained, and the Supreme Court will assign a new judge to the case.
Johnathan W. Latham, charged with two counts of arson, two counts of property damage and damage to jail/jail property, appeared for a case review. His case was assigned to Judge Lynette Veenstra. He is scheduled to return June 18.
Michele McFarlin, charged with non-support of a child with total arrears in excess of 12 monthly payments due under a child support order, had her hearing continued to Aug. 8.
Amy L. Smith, charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, had her cases continued generally. The next court date was not yet available.

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