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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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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The Office of the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney has released its annual report covering cases filed from December 1, 2016 to November 30, 2017.
The report includes a few notable statistics including a 28% increase in felony charges filed over the same period last year and a 98% increase since 2011.
The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is grateful of the support it has received from its Law Enforcement partners and the citizens of Christian County as it pursues its goal to seek and serve justice in 2018 and beyond.
Click Here to Access the Full 2017 Annual Report