JOSHUA CUMMINGS SENTENCES EXECUTED
The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that on November 24, 2015, Joshua Alton Cummings, DOB: 01/31/1982, was sentenced to 12 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections by the Honorable Laura Johnson after the Court determined that Cummings violated the terms of his probation.
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Position: Full-time Legal Assistant (Immediate Opening)
Department: Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Immediate Supervisor: 1st Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Job Summary: Legal Assistant. Typical duties would include front desk duties, answering the phone and as well as in-person contact with members of the public who are victims or witnesses of crime, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and offenders paying restitution, reviewing and mirroring dockets, and scanning documents.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities: Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Must be a willing and able to work within a team. Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, victims and witnesses of crimes, law enforcement officers, and the public. High energy person desired. We are a fileless office thus knowledge of and comfort using computers essential. Keyboarding/typing ability required. Knowledge of Prosecutor by KARPEL not required though a plus. Education: A high school diploma or equivalent required college preferred. Previous office experience especially criminal law experience is a plus but not required. Must pass a criminal background check.
Access to Confidential Information: The duties include access to confidential information. Care must be taken to keep this information confidential.
If interested in being considered for the position please send resumes/letters of interests to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Position is open until filled.
mail: 110 W. Elm, Rm. 109
Ozark, MO 65714
The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is pleased to announce the addition of Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Rachel Hopper as of September 17, 2015. Rachel first joined the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office as a law student intern in May of 2014 before becoming an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in September of 2015. Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies—Political Science from Missouri State University in 2010. She received her Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2015. As a law student, Rachel worked on criminal cases with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in Cleveland, Ohio, and U.S. Attorney’s Office in Springfield, Missouri.
Shown in the picture is Judge Bacon swearing her in as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.
OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced that on July 1, 2015, JESUS A. PADILLA DOB: 11/14/1992 formerly of Nixa, MO, appeared in front of Special Judge Calvin Holden and plead guilty to murder in the second degree and armed criminal action and pursuant to the terms of a plea agreement was sentenced to 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the murder in the second degree and three years in the Missouri Department of Correction for armed criminal action. The counts are to be served concurrently.
Murder in the Second Degree is a class A felony. The range of punishment is 10 years to 30 years or life in the Missouri Department of Corrections. By statute an offender must serve 85% of the sentence prior to becoming eligible for parole.
Armed Criminal Action is an unclassified felony. The range of punishment is a minimum term of three years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. For this offense an offender is not eligible for probation.
This case was investigated by the Nixa Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite
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OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that Ryan W. Swearengin, dob: 07-13-1984 of Ozark, MO, pleaded guilty pursuant to a plea agreement on April 27, 2015, and was sentenced on June 22, 2015, to two counts of rape in the first degree, three counts of sodomy in the first degree, two counts of victim tampering, and two counts of harassment in front of the Honorable Judge Eighmy. Per the terms of the plea agreement, Swearengin received a total sentence of 30 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The charges stem from a September 2014 event involving two juvenile victims.
Judge Eighmy sentenced the defendant to 25 years for each count of rape in the first degree, and 25 years for each count of sodomy in the first degree. Those counts are to run concurrently to one another. Additionally, Judge Eighmy sentenced the defendant to five years for each count of victim tampering and five years for each count of harassment. Those counts are to run concurrently with one another but consecutive to the rape and sodomy charges for a total of 30 years confinement in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Swearengin was also found to be a prior and persistent felony offender by the court due to his prior convictions for the felonies of tampering with a motor vehicle and unlawful use of a weapon.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Agi Prevendarcsik and was investigated by the Christian County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the Ozark Police Department.
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