Brittany Scrivener Sentenced to 20 years in Missouri Department of Corrections for July 2018 Car Chase and Assault Against Police Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:   Amy Fite
Prosecuting Attorney
(417) 581-7915

DATE: August 24, 2020

RE: Brittany Scrivener Sentenced to 20 years in Missouri Department of Corrections for July 2018 Car Chase and Assault Against Police Officer

OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced that Brittany Scrivener dob:  xx/xx/1991 formerly of Springfield, Missouri was convicted of Unlawful Use of a Weapon Shooting from a Motor Vehicle, Assault 2nd Degree (3 counts), Armed Criminal Action (3 counts), Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting Arrest by Flight and Driving While Under the Influence of Controlled Substance for crimes committed on July 8, 2018. 

On August 24, 2020, Judge Laura Johnson formally sentenced Ms. Scrivener to twenty years in prison. Ms. Scrivener plead guilty to all crimes charged as a part of a plea agreement with the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office on August 17, 2020. The Defendant admitted to leading officers on a high-speed police chase throughout Christian County on July 9, 2018. In Court, she agreed that during the pursuit, she fired multiple shots at three different officers. No private citizens, officers or police vehicles were hit by the shots fired. The defendant admitted that during the high-speed pursuit, she possessed methamphetamine and was under its influence while driving the car.

Nixa Police Department handled the investigation of this case. Christian County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol assisted Nixa Police Department in apprehending Ms. Scrivener and in ending the pursuit. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Rachel Smith. The team assigned to this case included: Victim Advocate Julie Harlan, Legal Assistant Libby Deroche, and Investigator Kevin Holle. 

New APA Jacob Cantwell Sworn In

On June 30, 2020 Judge Bacon swore in Jacob Cantwell as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.  Prior to receiving his badge of office he was administered the Prosecutor Code of Ethics by Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite.

Jacob Cantwell is sworn in by the Hon. Doug Bacon.
Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite leads Jacob Cantwell through the Prosecutor’s Code of Ethics.

Jacob Cantwell, a native of Warrensburg, Missouri received his Juris Doctorate from the Washburn University School of Law (2019). He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Evangel Universtiy (2016).

POSITION AVAILABLE – Victim Advocate

The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has an immediate opening for a full-time Victim Advocate.  The Victim Advocate will be knowledge as to the criminal justice process.  The Victim Advocate will support victims and witnesses going through the criminal justice process by providing information to victims and witnesses about the criminal justice process.  The Victim Advocate will support victims and witnesses by keeping victims and witnesses appraised regarding court dates and court events.  Victim Advocates will provide victims and witnesses information about the constitutional and statutory rights afforded to victims of and witnesses to crimes.  The victim advocate will be knowledge regarding resources in the community to share about available resources to the victims and witnesses.

Qualified candidates will be able to exercise good judgment, be a team player, and be patient.  The qualified candidate must be able to work under pressure and deadlines.  The qualified candidate will be required pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.  This is a safety sensitive position. 

The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is a fileless office.  The successful candidate will be proficient at keyboarding.  We use PROSECUTORbyKARPEL as our case management system. 

Preferred candidate will have previous experience as a victim advocate and/or a degree in criminal justice, psychology or a related degree.

Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.

If interested, please forward a cover letter and resume by mail or e-mail to:

Amy Fite
Prosecuting Attorney
Circuit Courts Building
102 W. Walnut, First Floor
Ozark, MO  65721
e-mail:  Amy.Fite@prosecutors.mo.gov

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