CHRISTIAN COUNTY JURY FINDS DANNY J. PRALL, JR. GUILTY OF FORCIBLE RAPE OF A CHILD LESS THAN 12, THREE COUNTS OF STATUTORY SODOMY OF A CHILD LESS THAN 12, SEXUAL ABUSE, KIDNAPPING, CHILD MOLESTATION 1ST DEGREE, DOMESTIC ASSAULT 2ND DEGREE, ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD 1ST DEGREE AND VICTIM TAMPERING

OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced today that DANNY J. PRALL, JR. dob: 11/7/1970 formerly of Topeka, KS and Ozark, MO was found guilty by a Christian County jury of forcible rape of a child less than 12, three counts of statutory sodomy 1st degree, sexual abuse, kidnapping, child molestation 1st degree, domestic assault 2nd degree, endangering the welfare of a child 1st degree and victim tampering. A jury trial was commenced before the Honorable Judge Tony Williams on November 18, 2013 and concluded on November 20, 2013.

The jury deliberated approximately 2 ½ hours before reaching its verdicts. The defendant was convicted of crimes occurring during the summer of 2009. It was more than two years after the offenses occurred when the child disclosed the offenses.

Formal sentencing is scheduled before the Honorable Tony Williams on February 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

The range of punishment for forcible rape of a child less than 12 is life in prison with the defendant having to serve thirty (30) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections before being eligible for parole. The range of punishment for statutory sodomy 1st degree of a child less than 12 is a term of years not less than ten (10) in the Missouri Department of Corrections or life. The range of punishment for sexual abuse, kidnapping and child molestation 1st degree is five (5) years to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The range of punishment for domestic assault 2nd degree, endangering the welfare of a child 1st degree and victim tampering is one (1) day to one 1 year in the Christian County Jail or two (2) years to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine up to $5, 000.

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LACIE BURK, VICTIM ADVOCATE, RECOGNIZED FOR 5 YEARS OF SERVICE

Lacie_5yr_AwardLacie Burk, Victim Advocate – Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office was recognized today by Christian County Commission for 5 years of service. Ms. Burk has been employed with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since June 2008. Beginning in July 2011, Ms. Burk has been responsible for advocating for and supporting victims of crime and witnesses involved in the cases brought to the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney. She has attended many trainings and seminars related to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Child Abuse. In addition, Ms. Burk has received a certificate through Missouri State University for completing the Crime Victim Advocate Training. She has also received training through Missouri KidFirst and is a Certified Safe-At-Home Application Assistant. Ms. Burk received her B.S. in Accounting from Missouri State University. Ms. Burk is also responsible for collecting delinquent taxes for the Missouri Department of Revenue.

Prosecutor Amy Fite stated: “Christian County has received exemplary service from Lacie Burk. She is an attribute to this office. She has excelled as a victim advocate. She is well equipped to provide victims and their families with references for resources, information and needed support during the court process. Ms. Burk has a quiet strength and sense of security about her and is able to convey that to the victims and families she serves.”

JOHN C. CLARK PLEADS GUILTY TO 11/13/12 DWI CRASH

OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that on October 30, 2013, John C. Clark, D.O.B. 2-6-1979, pleaded guilty to one count of Involuntary Manslaughter and four counts of Assault in the Second Degree for the November 13, 2012 intoxication related crash on Missouri 14 that killed one and injured four others. The defendant was set for jury trial on November 4, 2013, before the Honorable Judge Mark Orr. Per the terms of the plea agreement, the defendant could face up to 14 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Sentencing is set for January 3, 2014 at 3:00 P.M.

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