JAMES MAGGARD ENTERS PLEA TO TWO FELONY DRUG CASES

Christian County Prosecuting Attorney, Amy J. Fite announced today that JAMES MAGGARD, dob: 4/1/1982 of Ozark, Missouri plead guilty to two counts of the class C felony of possession of a controlled substance in two separate cases in front of Christian County Circuit Judge Mark Orr. The events occurred on February 19, 2010 and June 2, 2010.

In both cases, JAMES MAGGARD was set to begin a jury trial this morning. Prior to the beginning of trial, JAMES MAGGARD entered an open plea. There was no plea agreement and sentencing will determined by the court. The State was ready to proceed and was prepared to go to trial on both cases.

On February 19, 2010, JAMES MAGGARD was found parked in the middle of 9th street by Ozark Police at 2:35 a.m. Officers found JAMES MAGGARD to be under the influence of some substance. During a search they located oxycodone, a controlled substance inside the vehicle.

On June 2, 2010, JAMES MAGGARD was found in the Ozark Wal-Mart paring lot at 4:35 a.m. passed out behind the wheel of a running vehicle. Officers found JAMES MAGGARD to be under the influence of some substance. They found in his hand a fake battery. Inside the fake battery, the officers found oxymorphone, a controlled substance.

Formal sentencing is set for November 18, 2011. Each count of the class C felony of possession of a controlled substance has a range of punishment of one (1) day to one (1) year in the Christian County Jail, or up to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.

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TRAVIS BISHOP PLEADS GUILTY MORNING OF TRIAL

Christian County Prosecuting Attorney, Amy J. Fite announced today that TRAVIS BISHOP, dob: 4/3/1991 of Rogersville, Missouri plead guilty to two counts of the class C felony of assault in the second degree and one count of the class D felony of leaving the scene of an accident in front of Christian County Circuit Judge Mark Orr.

The case was to proceed to jury trial on September 26, 2010. Prior to the beginning of trial, TRAVIS BISHOP entered an open plea. There was no plea agreement and sentencing will determined by the court. The State was ready to proceed and was prepared to go to trial.

On August 10, 2010, TRAVIS BISHOP was operating a 1997 Nissan on State highway U. There were 3 passengers inside the vehicle. The Missouri Highway Patrol determined that the defendant was driving too fast for the road condition. Two of the passenger sustained serious injuries including one who may be permanently paralyzed from the waist down. Before help arrived at the scene, TRAVIS BISHOP left the scene and returned to his home. He ultimately turned himself into law enforcement.

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ROCKY D CLARY SENTENCED TO TEN (10) YEARS FOR DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED AS A CHRONIC OFFENDER

Christian County Prosecuting Attorney, Amy J. Fite announced today that ROCKY D CLARY, dob: 10/14/1961 of Kirbyville, Missouri was sentenced on Friday September 9, 2011, by the Honorable Mark Orr, to ten (10) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the class B felony of Driving While Intoxicated as a chronic offender. Probation was denied.

During the evening hours of November 30, 2009, ROCKY D CLARY operated a motor vehicle on US Highway 65 south of State Highway F while under the influence of alcohol. A City of Ozark police officer made contact with ROCKY D CLARY while he was behind the wheel of his motor vehicle. The officer noticed CLARY had a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his breath, was swaying visibly, and that his speech was slurred and filled with profanity. CLARY then refused to submit to any standardized field sobriety tests. After he was arrested and transported to the Christian County Jail, ROCKY D. CLARY refused to submit to a chemical sample of his breath, blood, or urine. Court records showed ROCKY D. CLARY had four (4) prior alcohol related convictions.

The range of punishment for the class B felony of Driving While Intoxicated as chronic offender is five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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GREGORY WATSON RECIEVES SEVEN YEARS FOR FELONY BURGLARY AND STEALING

The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced today that GREGORY WATSON, dob: 08/19/1988 of Springfield, Missouri was sentenced on Friday September 2, 2011, by the Honorable Mark Orr, to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the class B felony of Burglary in the First Degree and seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the Class C felony of Stealing. The sentences are to run concurrent with each other. There was no plea agreement with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, GREGORY WATSON had previous plead guilty instead of going to jury trial.

During the evening hours of December 14, 2010, GREGORY WATSON entered a residence in Nixa, Missouri. The homeowner awoke to his dog barking and found GREGORY WATSON standing in his laundry room. GREGORY WATSON then pulled what appeared to be a handgun and fled through the garage. The homeowner got a weapon from his residence and chased after GREGORY WATSON. A vehicle was observed driving away from the residence at a high rate of speed. A purse with cash and credit cards, replica pistol and video games were stolen from the residence. GREGORY WATSON was caught on ATM camera attempting to use the homeowners ATM card at a Great Southern Bank in Springfield a short time after the crime was reported to law enforcement.

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CARL O. GOBLE FOUND GUILTY OF VIOLATING A PROTECTIVE ORDER

The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced today that Carl O. Goble, dob: 10/17/1960 of Cassville, Missouri was found guilty after a jury trial presided over by Judge Craig Carter on September 1, 2011.

Evidence presented by the State showed: A.G. had obtained a protective order against Carl Goble that prohibited him from entering the premises of the A.G’s residence. On March 28, 2010 a man matching Carl Coble’s description, was seen at A.G.’s residence in Christian County, Missouri, and that he knocked on A.G’s door, looked in windows, went through her trash, and walked around her trailer. When confronted, the man seemed nervous, evaded answering questions but asked witness questions about A.G. The man left the area quickly when witness threatened to call the police and the man left on foot but was seen later that evening driving by A.G.’s residence in a dark colored four (4) door car.

A gas station clerk also saw the man in her store around that same time, located just outside the trailer park where A.G. resided, and he introduced himself as Carl Goble. Clerk indicated he was in a dark colored four door car and was asking questions about A.G.

During the penalty phase of the trial, evidence was presented that three separate women had filed protective orders against the defendant, defendant had prior arrests for: Third degree assault x2, felonious restraint, property damage, stealing, Third degree domestic assault, driving while intoxicated, theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle, second degree assault, burglary, possession of firearm after former conviction, larceny, possession of controlled substance and defendant had been convicted of transporting stolen firearms, theft, third degree assault, driving while intoxicted and receiving stolen property, The range of punishment for a class A misdemeanor is up to one thousand dollars ($1000.00) and up to one (1) year in the county jail. The jury recommended a punishment of forty-five (45) days in the Christian County jail. Formal sentencing is set for October 13, 2011.

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