David Manus Jr. court case moved to Harrison County on change of venue

Court Gavel and Scales

In Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court, a request by 31-year old David Manus Jr. of Trenton for a change of venue was approved. Charges by a Grundy County grand jury, accusing Manus with enticing a child, sexual misconduct by indecent exposure, and child kidnapping, all in October 2015, were transferred to Harrison County Circuit Court in Bethany.

Authorities allege a nine-year old girls got into a vehicle driven by Manus, while she was on her way to school.  She was driven to the Mockingbird Hill Access Road, and then let out of the vehicle on Cedar Street in Trenton.  The charges said Manus plead guilty to first-degree statutory rape in Grundy County in 2003.

Twenty-three year old Miles Knapp of Trenton received a seven-year prison sentence that previously was stayed.  That came after Knapp’s probation was revoked by Judge Jack Peace for probation violation.  Knapp was on probation on a charge accusing him with possessing a controlled substance.  A charge accusing Knapp with possessing metamphetamine on Saturday, March 26th was dismissed by the prosecution.

Thirty-year old Jimmy Hilt of Trenton received a four-year prison sentence after admitting to probation violations.  Two probations were revoked.  Hilt was on probation on charges of second-degree burglary and first-degree tampering.  

Thirty-six year old Christopher Owen of Princeton received a three-year prison sentence.  That came after a stay was removed for probation vioation, which Owens had previously admitted to.  He was on probation on a charge of non-support.

Nineteen year old Dillan Pratt of Trenton withdrew a prior plea and plead guilty to four counts of first-degree tampering in January.  Pratt was sentenced to four years in prison.  Judge Jack Peace retains jurisdiction for 120 days.  Pratt was accused to acting in concert with one or more people to unlawfully deface a crossover vehicle owned by Krystyn Menendez, a car owned by Brandon Maberry, and a sport utility vehicle owned by Tyler Warner.  The charge said the crossover vehicle was affected on two dates.

Twenty-two year old Tyler Ward of Trenton had faced the same charges, but the prosecution dismissed three of the counts.  Ward plead guilty to one count of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle in January.  He was accused of acting in concert with one or more people to deface a crossover vehicle owned by Krystyn Menendez.  Imposition of a sentence was suspended and Ward was put on probation for five years.  He is required to pay $2,486 in restitution and $400 to the Law Enforcement Restitution Fund.  Ward also was sentenced to 64 days of shock time in custody at his expense.  He was given credit for time already served.

Thirty-nine year old Scott Virtue of Ridgeway plead guilty to second-degree burglary.  Execution of a seven-year prison sentence was stayed and Virtue was put on probation for five years. He is required to cooperate with law enforcement and testify as needed on two other cases and forfeit a car.  Virtue was charged by a Grundy County grand jury of second-degree burglary at Coon Manufacturing in Spickard between February 2015 and April 2015 for the purpose of stealing.  The Grundy County sentence is consecutive with a sentence in Harrison County, in which Virtue was put on five years probation on a charge accusing him with possession of a controlled substance.  That came after a seven-year prison sentence was stayed on that charge.

Thirty-one year old Cassandra Brewer of Trenton admitted to violating two probations.  The probations were revoked and Ms. Brewer received a four-year prison sentence.  Imposition of those sentences was suspended and Ms. Brewer was put on probation for five years.  She has been on probation on charges accusing her with receiving stolen property and passing bad checks.  

Forty-one year old Toby Street of Trenton plead guilty to amended charges accusing him with possessing methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, both on March 15th.  Imposition of a sentence was suspended and Street was put on probation for five years.  He is required to complete a third circuit drug court program, pay $200 to the Law Enforcement Restitution Fund, and serve 30 days in the Grundy County Detention Center at his expense.  He was given credit for time already served in custody.  Street also plead guilty to passing a bad check, was fined $100 and required to pay $131 restitution.

Thirty-year old Javier Hernandez of Kansas City plead guilty to felony non-support of a child.  Imposition of a sentence was suspended and Hernandez was put on probation for five years.  He is required to pay current and past child support.

Twenty-six year old Stephen Martin of Denver, Colorado plead guilty to misdemeanor second-degree property damage.  Martin was sentenced to 16 days in the county jail, with credit given for time served.  Martin was accused of damaging a Missouri Department of Transportation guard rail in December.  The charge was reduced from felony leaving the scene of an accident to the misdemeanor count.

Eighteen-year old Brandon Maberry of Trenton plead guilty to misdemeanor possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana from November.  In November, Maberry was sentenced to five days in the county jail and given credit for time served.  The charge was reduced from felony possession of marijuana to the misdemeanor count.

Twenty-six year old Donald Brown of Odessa plead guilty to 12 counts of passing a bad check, drawn on a non-existent bank account.  He will be sentenced on June 16th.  Thirteen other counts accusing Brown with passing a bad check were dismissed by the prosecution.