Crime and Courts

Judge Thomas Alley hands down prison sentences in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court

Several defendants were sentenced by Judge Thomas Alley Thursday in Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court. Robert Lee Ellis of Trenton pleaded guilty to five felony counts stemming from the March 21st incidents. He was sentenced from three to five years with the Department of Corrections. The terms are to run concurrently, or […]

Child Exploitation

Former teacher pleads guilty to sexually exploiting student; faces 15-years in prison

A Missouri, man who worked as a teacher in China has pleaded guilty in federal court to sexually exploiting one of his former students by attempting to blackmail her into sending him pornographic images. Curtis J. Baldwin, 47, of Springfield,  pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge David P. Rush on Monday, Oct. 5, to […]

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Former Missouri city clerk sentenced to 10 years for money-laundering

A former city clerk has been sentenced in federal court for her role in a money-laundering conspiracy related to methamphetamine trafficking. Kristy A. Conn, 46, of Everton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool on Wednesday, Sept. 23, to 10 years in federal prison without parole.  “This defendant was placed in a position […]

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Missouri man sentenced to 14 years in prison without parole for meth conspiracy

A Sparta, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court for leading a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Christian County, Mo. Travis W. Robinson, 40, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 14 years in federal prison without parole. On March 11, 2020, Robinson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute […]

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Mississippi man pleads guilty in Missouri to smuggling 5-pounds of meth in box of cookies

A Jonesboro, Mississippi, man has pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting more than five pounds of methamphetamine and nearly three pounds of heroin through Kansas City, Missouri, en route to St. Louis, Mo. Willie Lewis Braison, 47, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes on Wednesday, Sept. 16, to one count of […]

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Maysville man sentenced to 14-years in prison on manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse charges

A sentencing hearing was held in Nodaway County Tuesday, September 1st for a Maysville man found guilty in July of involuntary manslaughter—first degree and abandonment of a corpse in the death of Leah Dawson of Maysville. Kenneth Lyn Wykert was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections on the involuntary manslaughter charge and […]

Guilty Plea

Former Missouri fire department captain pleads guilty to illegally selling firearms to felons

A former captain in the Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to illegally selling 77 firearms over a five-year period, and to selling firearms to convicted felons. “Our gun laws exist to make it hard for violent criminals to obtain the tools of their trade,” Garrison said.  “Felons, […]