OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that on April 15, 2015, Michele Montiel, D.O.B. 6-23-1977, was found guilty by a Christian County jury of the class C felony of assault in the second degree and class D felony of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. The jury trial commenced before the Honorable Laura Johnson on April 13, 2015 and concluded on April 15, 2015.
The jury deliberated approximately 3 ½ hours before reaching its verdicts. The defendant found guilty for offenses involving an October 21, 2011 crash that critically injured a man and his horse while riding near FF Highway and Blue Springs Road in Christian County, Missouri.
Sentencing is set before the Honorable Laura Johnson on June 16, 2015 at 1:30 P.M.
The range in punishment for a class C felony is one day up to 7 years incarceration and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000. The range in punishment for a class D felony is one day up to four years incarceration and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.
The investigation of this case was handled by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The case was prosecuted by First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kristen M. Tuohy.
OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced that on April 10, 2015, JULIE M. HORSTMYER DOB: 9/9/1982 formerly of Republic, MO, was sentenced by Special Judge Michael Cordonnier to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections after having pled guilty on March 6, 2015, to the class C felony of endangering the welfare of a child first degree pursuant to a plea agreement. Seven years is the maximum term of imprisonment for a class C felony.
On November 5, 2011, Julie Horstmyer called 911 shortly after 8:00 a.m., after another adult in the residence where she was staying found Horstmyer’s two-year-old daughter non-responsive and cold to touch in a pack and play. Emergency personnel responded to the residence in Clever, Missouri and the two-year old was pronounced dead at the scene. The pathologist found the child died as a result of sertraline (Zoloft) in her system. Horstmyer pled guilty to endangering the welfare of a child first degree by knowingly creating a grave risk to the life, body or health of the child by failing to seek medical treatment for the child after the child ingested sertraline (Zoloft).
Endangering the welfare of a child 1st degree is a class C felony. The range of punishment is 1 day to 1 year in the Christian County Jail or two years to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine up to $5000.
This case was investigated by the Christian County Sheriff’s Department. The prosecution was handled by Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite
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The Missouri Victim Assistance Network (MOVA) awarded the James P. Damose Award to Prosecutor Amy Fite at the MOVA Conference on March 26, 2015 in Springfield, Missouri. This award is to honor professionals in the fields of law enforcement, social services, and the judicial system. This award is presented to an individual who has made a significant difference to victims and/or victim services above and beyond their designated responsibilities.
OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that on February 24, 2015, ROBERT W. BERRY, DOB: 12-28-1965, formerly of Sparta, MO pled guilty to assault in the first degree, armed criminal action, and burglary in the first degree, before the Honorable Senior Judge J. Miles Sweeney. Berry was set for jury trial on March 9, 2015.
On January 9, 2011 Robert Berry entered D.W.’s residence without permission armed with two firearms. Berry was waiting for D.W. inside the residence when she returned home from church and shot her multiple times in the head and upper body. After a struggle, D.W. was able to escape to a neighbor’s house for help. Berry’s prints were located on evidence collected at the scene.
Robert Berry fled the state and was arrested in Arkansas on January 13, 2011, following a brief pursuit by police. Investigators located women’s clothing, a woman’s wig, and an atlas inside the vehicle Berry was driving. In addition, Robert Berry had altered his appearance by shaving his head. Investigators also located a pair of blood stained blue jeans in the vehicle belonging to Berry that were submitted to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Lab in Springfield for DNA analysis. That analysis determined the blood on the jeans to be consistent with the victim.
The defendant is set for a sentencing hearing on May 7, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. The range in punishment for Count I: assault in the first degree is 10 years to 30 years of life in the Missouri Department of Corrections. In addition, the defendant must serve 85% of any sentence before being eligible for parole. The range in punishment for Count II: armed criminal action is a minimum of three years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Under count III: burglary in the first degree the range of punishment is five to fifteen years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The maximum sentence the defendant could serve for the maximum term on each count and each count to be run consecutively to one another.
This case was investigated by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution was handled by 1st Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Tuohy and Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite.
POSITION AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY – INVESTIGATOR/SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR
The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office has opening for a full-time Investigator/System Administrator. This position will be housed in the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The position will act as a liaison between the two offices. Responsibilities will include serving subpoenas, transporting victim and witnesses, transporting and accompanying Assistant Prosecuting Attorney’s if meeting with victim and witnesses outside the PA office or visiting a crime scene, running criminal histories, ordering certified priors, requesting evidence from the various Christian County law enforcement offices. The IT component will include managing and maintaining a server and network environment (Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server), setting up and maintaining computer workstations, creating merge documents and reports for the PA case management system. Further, responsibilities will include maintaining redundancy for the case management system. The preferred candidate will have a minimum of three years law enforcement experience or previous experience as an investigator in a Prosecuting Attorney’s office, a working knowledge of CODY or ability to learn through training, a working knowledge of PROSECUTORbyKarpel or a similar case management system or ability to learn through training, Microsoft system administrator and networking experience, and experience creating merge documents and reports. The position will require the candidate to obtain regular POST training, be firearm qualified and able to lawfully carry a firearm. The position will require a person who can work independently, work well in a fast paced environment, be time efficient, able to manage numerous projects at one time, be a self-starter as well as team player. The compensation will include salary and benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is a file-less office. The office includes four full-time assistant prosecuting attorneys and one part-time assistant prosecuting attorney, two victim advocate and five legal assistants.
If interested please send a cover letter and resume to:
Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.