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Missouri man, a member of Southwest Honkys gang, pleads guilty to meth conspiracy

A Fair Grove, Missouri, man who is a member of the Southwest Honkys violent prison gang pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy in which investigators intercepted a shipment of nearly 9.5 kilograms of methamphetamine. William F. Jones, 45, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to participating […]

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Man who escaped Missouri halfway house caught crossing Mexican border into California

A man who escaped from a Springfield, Missouri, halfway house 17 months ago pleaded guilty in federal court after being caught crossing the border from Mexico into San Diego, California. Benjamin E. Garnica, 34, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to escaping from federal custody. Garnica was sentenced on March 20, 2014, […]

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson: Execution of Walter Barton “will move forward as scheduled”

The governor says the execution of a convicted southwest Missouri killer will move forward, clearing the way for Tuesday evening’s scheduled execution in Bonne Terre. Governor Mike Parson told Capitol reporters on Monday in Jefferson City that he hasn’t seen any reason to intervene in Walter Barton’s scheduled execution, saying “that will move forward as […]

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Harrison County officials now reporting first case of COVID-19

Along with the announcement on Saturday of a COVID-19 case in Livingston County, the Harrison County Community Hospital, along with the Harrison County Health Department on Sunday announced a case of Coronavirus in Harrison County. The individual that tested presumptive positive is a woman aged 40 to 49 and a resident of Harrison County.  Officials […]

Child Sex Crimes

Missouri trucker pleads guilty to transporting minors for sex

A Republic, Missouri, truck driver pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting two Missouri teenagers across state lines and sexually assaulting them. Cleveland Lee Crumsey, 37, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of transporting a minor across state lines to engage in criminal sexual activity. By pleading guilty, […]

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Mexican national pleads guilty to illegally entering the United States eight times

A Mexican national pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to illegally entering the United States for the eighth time. Jesus Vargas-Melendez, 40, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer to unlawfully reentering the United States after having been previously deported. By pleading guilty, Vargas-Melendez admitted that he illegally entered the United States […]

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Missouri man who led police on high-speed chase in stolen vehicle pleads guilty to illegal weapons

A Kansas City, Missouri, man who led police officers on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally possessing a firearm. Chance Ayers, 25, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. On March 12, 2019, a […]

Child Sex Crimes

Missouri sex offender pleads guilty to child pornography

 A Springfield, Missouri, man with a prior conviction for transporting child pornography pleaded guilty in federal court to another child pornography offense. David Todd Beresky, 42, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to possessing child pornography. Beresky remains in federal custody. At the time of the offense, Beresky was on supervised […]

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Missouri man pleads guilty to illegally purchasing, possessing 15 Firearms

 A Lee’s Summit, Missouri, man who illegally purchased 15 firearms pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally possessing firearms and to making a false statement on a federal form in order to purchase those firearms. Jay C. Miller, 28, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to one count of possessing firearms while […]

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Two Missouri women plead guilty to distributing large amounts of methamphetamine

Two more southern Missouri women pleaded guilty in federal court to their roles in a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in Springfield, Missouri. Cassidy R. Clayton, 24, of Springfield, and Ginger L. Huerta, also known as Ginger L. Gray, 39, of Halfway, Missouri, pleaded guilty today in separate appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge […]