Sex Trafficking

Defendant sentenced to 36-years in prison on multiple counts of sex and drug trafficking

Prince Bixler, 41, of Lexington, Kentucky, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Wier to 36 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $333,100 in restitution to three sex trafficking victims. In September 2020, a federal jury convicted Bixler of 15 federal felonies related to his […]

Gavel and old law books (court or trial)

Rural Missouri prosecutor: victim tampering “happens everywhere, even in little Johnson County”

Legislation that increases penalties for witness and victim tampering will go to the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on Monday, after being approved by the Judiciary Committee on a 17-0 vote this week. The prosecutor in western Missouri’s Johnson County traveled from Warrensburg to Jefferson City to testify for the bill, saying that witness […]

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Mexican national sentenced to 30 years for methamphetamine trafficking, illegally reentering the U.S.

A Mexican national was sentenced in federal court for attempting to sell about 15 pounds of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement officer after illegally reentering the United States. Javier Corona-Verduzco, 36, of Montclair, Calif., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 30 years in federal prison without parole. The court also […]

Luis Calderon-Oliveras

St. Joseph man, member of Latin Kings gang, pleads guilty to racketeering

The member of a violent St. Joseph, Mo., gang pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a RICO conspiracy that involved acts of murder, attempted murder, drug trafficking, and armed robberies, among other crimes, as part of a criminal enterprise. Luis Calderon-Oliveras, 27, of St. Joseph, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Roseann […]

Missouri Department of Corrections

Missouri prisons reported to still be plagued by corrosive culture; Department says changes in progress

(Missourinet) – Some inmates and former employees say the Missouri prison system is still plagued by a corrosive culture of intimidation and retaliation that came to light almost two years ago. Gary Gross with the Corrections Officers Association says changes made under new leadership, including a 24-hour hotline for disgruntled employees, haven’t been effective.   […]

Missouri Department of Corrections

Missouri Corrections Department head says she’s made massive leadership changes after prison scandal

The Missouri Department of Corrections head says she’s made massive personnel changes in management and staff. Director Anne Precythe, who was hired last year after a newspaper story revealed a prison culture of harassment, intimidation, and retaliation, told a state House committee she spent most of 2017 focused on staff.     Last year, the […]

Missouri Department of Corrections

Audio: Legislative panel continues work to overhaul climate within Missouri’s prisons

A special legislative committee will continue its work this session to help improve the environment within Missouri’s prisons. The Department of Corrections has dealt with dozens of employee claims of harassment, intimidation, and abuse by correctional officers that have cost the state millions to settle. Chairman, Jim Hansen of northeast Missouri’s Frankford, tells Moberly radio […]