Guilty Plea

Mexican nationals plead guilty to illegal firearms and marijuana

Two Mexican nationals have pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally possessing firearms after police officers interrupted them shooting handguns in their backyard. Juan Carlos Cuevas-Alvarez, 33, a citizen of Mexico unlawfully residing in Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Monday, March 11, 2019, to being an illegal […]

Grundy County Courthouse Trenton Missouri

Judge hands down prison sentence in Division One of Grundy County court

A Wheeling resident has been sentenced to prison after admitting to violations of probation Wednesday when he appeared in Division One of Grundy County Circuit Court. Probation was revoked and Patrick Richard Oyler was sentenced to five years with the Department of Corrections after a previous stay was set aside. The original charge was criminal […]

United Parcel Service

Three Texas men plead guilty to stealing 654 firearms from UPS Trailers

Three Texas men have recently pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing 654 firearms from United Parcel Service trailers in Springfield, Missouri, en route to Bass Pro Shops. Raynord Hunt, 36, of Dallas, Texas, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to the charges contained in a February 21, 2018, federal indictment. Co-defendants […]

Guilty Plea

Three from Cameron plead guilty in conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine

Three Cameron, Mo., residents are among five defendants who have pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  Benjamin W. Clark, 26, of Cameron, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth to the charge contained in a Nov. 16, 2017, federal indictment.  Clark is the fifth defendant to […]

Crime and Courts

Judge Thomas Alley has busy docket in Division One of Grundy County court

Several defendants were placed on probation when they appeared Thursday before Judge Thomas Alley in Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court. Trenton resident Erick James Wattenbarger received two prison terms when he pleaded guilty. Execution of the sentences was stayed and he was placed on five years probation. The sentences issued were six […]

Crossroads Correctional Center

Audio: Additional details released on proposed shuttering of Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron

Story by Alisa Nelson of Missourinet The Crossroads Correctional Center in northwest Missouri’s Cameron could be closing. Governor Mike Parson’s state budget proposal includes shuttering the prison and moving the inmates and many of the workers to the other prison in town – the Western Missouri Correctional Center (WMCC).     “As governor, I am […]

Guilty Plea

Carrollton man pleads guilty to two counts of manslaughter

A Carrollton man pleaded guilty in Division One of Carroll County Circuit Court Wednesday to two felony counts of second-degree involuntary manslaughter stemming from an automobile accident in December 2017. Online court information shows a plea agreement was involved in the case for Blake Wilson, and the court ordered a sentencing assessment report. The case […]

Fraud

Chillicothe man pleads guilty in grain marketing scheme

Various media sources report a Chillicothe man faces potential prison time and a hefty fine after pleading guilty in U-S District Court in Iowa. Randy Constant appeared in federal court Thursday and pleaded guilty to a charge of wire fraud in an alleged scheme to defraud that authorities claimed involving the marketing of 140 million dollars of grain […]

Illegal Deer Poaching

Missouri’s largest-ever poaching investigation ends in jail time

A Greene County man’s court sentencing in December in Barton and Lawrence Counties are the most recent events in what is one of Missouri’s largest conservation cases involving the illegal taking of deer. On December 13, David Berry Jr. of Brookline received a 120-day sentence in Barton County Circuit Court for a felony firearms probation […]

Court News

Judge Peace hands down several prison sentences during busy session of Division One of Grundy County court

Several prison terms were announced Thursday by Presiding Judge Jack Peace in Division One of the Grundy County Circuit Court. Following a hearing, probation was revoked for Ricky Eugene Shoemaker of Trenton stemming from several previous charges. For distribution, delivery, or manufacture of a controlled substance, Shoemaker was sentenced to ten years with the Department […]

Gavel and Law book

St. Joseph man convicted of illegal firearm after 11-hour standoff; faces 10 years in prison

A St. Joseph man has been convicted by a federal trial jury of illegally possessing a firearm following an 11-hour standoff with law enforcement officers. Terrance T. Brown, 41, of St. Joseph, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Evidence introduced during the trial indicated that Brown was in possession […]