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Contact: Amy Fite, Prosecuting Attorney (417) 581-7915 DATE: June 8, 2018
RE: CHRISTIAN COUNTY JURY FINDS DOYLE HITCHCOCK GUILTY OF FIVE COUNTS OF FORCIBLE SODOMY, TWO COUNTS OF FORCIBLE RAPE AND SIX COUNTS OF ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD
OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced that DOYLE E HITCHCOCK DOB: 06/28/1963 formerly of Ozark, Missouri was found guilty on June 7, 2018 by a Christian County jury of five counts of forcible sodomy, two counts of forcible rape and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. A jury trial was commenced before the Honorable Judge Jennifer Growcock on June 4, 2018 and concluded on June 7, 2018.
The jury deliberated for approximately three hours before finding the defendant guilty. Formal sentencing will be scheduled before the Honorable Judge Jennifer Growcock.
The range of punishment forcible sodomy and forcible rape is a term not less than five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections or a life sentence. The range of punishment for the endangering the welfare of a child is a term of incarceration up to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine up to $5,000.
The investigation of this case was handled by Christian County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Tuohy.
A copy of this press release may be found Here.
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DATE: MAY 9, 2018
RE: ZEBANIAH BLANKENSHIP PLEADS GUILTY TO ELDER ABUSE IN THE SECOND DEGREE AND DOMESTIC ASSAULT IN THE SECOND DEGREE.
OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces Zebaniah Blankenship pled guilty on April 26, 2018 to elder abuse in the second degree, a class B felony and domestic assault in the second degree, a class C felony. He received a nine (9) year sentence in the Missouri Department of Corrections on each count to run concurrent to one another.
The incident occurred on October 25, 2016 at the victim’s home. Blankenship struck a family member who was over the age of sixty in the face with his hand and a piece of plastic lawn furniture thereby fracturing the victim’s nose. 911 was called by a neighbor and Blankenship fled from the scene. Officers from the Ozark Police Department arrived and the victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
Blankenship is a persistent felony offender in that he has prior felony convictions for forgery, distribution of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance.
The case was prosecuted by First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Janette Bleau. The Ozark Police Department and the Division of Health and Senior Services investigated the crime.
A copy of this press release may be found here.
John Peacock takes the oath of office administered by the Hon. Doug Bacon.
John Peacock was sworn in as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Christian County on February 20, 2018 by the Honorable Judge Doug Bacon.
Peacock, a native of Kansas City, Missouri received his Juris Doctorate from the Louisiana State University (2017). He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Riverside (2007).
1st Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Janette Bleau leads John Peacock through the Prosecutor’s Code of Ethics.
OZARK, MO—On January 18, 2018, the Honorable Jennifer Growcock, Circuit Judge of Division 2 of the Christian County Circuit Court, sentenced former Ozark resident Derrick Hough (27) to 6 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections . Hough was charged as a prior and persistent felony offender. Hough was sentenced to 6 years to run concurrent for six counts of receiving stolen property (Class C Felony), which were all for firearms stolen from a family member’s residence.
The case was prosecuted by Rachel E. Hopper, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. This case was investigated by the Ozark Police Department.
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CONTACT: Anna L. Bunch Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (417) 581-7915
DATE: January 31, 2018
RE: ERIC WYATT SENTENCED TO DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS
OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces today that on January 31, 2018, Eric N. Wyatt DOB: 1/8/1975 of Nixa, Missouri, was sentenced by the Honorable Judge Elizabeth Bock to the Missouri Department of Corrections.
The Court had found Wyatt guilty of child molestation in the first degree following a bench trial that was held November 29-30, 2017. Before the bench trial began, Wyatt pled guilty to another count, which was tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree. The incidents charged occurred in 2014.
At today’s hearing, the State requested Wyatt be sentenced to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The defense requested that Wyatt receive probation or 120 days under the Sex Offender Assessment Unit.
The Court sentenced Wyatt to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on the child molestation count and three (3) years on the tampering with a motor vehicle count, said counts to run concurrently. Wyatt was also ordered to pay restitution under 559.105, RSMo. to the victim of the tampering count.
The range of punishment for child molestation in the first degree was five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The range of punishment for tampering in the first degree was a term of incarceration not to exceed seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, and/or a fine not to exceed $5000.
The case was handled by Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Anna L. Bunch. The case was investigated by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.
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