The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has released its annual report.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amy Fite
DATE: November 18, 2019
RE: JOSHUA SILAS RAINEY RECEIVES 22 YEAR SENTENCE
OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that on Nov. 14, 2019, JOSHUA SILAS RAINEY, DOB: 7/16/1980, of Springfield, Missouri, plead guilty to four counts and received a sentence of 22 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Rainey appeared in front of the Honorable Judge Jennifer Growcock and pleaded guilty to domestic assault in the first degree, armed criminal action, burglary in the first degree and domestic assault in the second degree. Pursuant to the terms of a plea agreement, he was sentenced to 22 years for domestic assault in the first degree, three years for armed criminal action, 10 years for burglary in the first degree and seven years for domestic assault in the second degree. All counts are to be served concurrently for a total sentence of 22 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
On August 15, 2018, as police responded to a burglary in progress, the incident escalated into a domestic assault in which Rainey broke into the back door of his girlfriend’s home with a crow bar and knowingly caused serious physical injury to her by striking her repeatedly with the sharp end of the crow bar while threatening to kill her.
Rainey carried out numerous assaults against his girlfriend by slamming her head into a counter and choking her with both hands. Additionally, he made numerous threats that he would kill her and their child.
The investigation of this case was handled by the Christian County Sheriff’s Department with assistance provided by the Nixa Police Department. The case was prosecuted by First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Janette Bleau.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: ANNA L. BUNCH
SENIOR ASSISTANT Prosecuting Attorney
DATE: November 7, 2019
RE: Kane Tanski sentenced to fourteen (14) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for delivery of a controlled substance & unlawful use of weapon
OZARK, MO – Christian County Prosecuting Attorney Amy J. Fite announces today that KANE TANSKI, date of birth 9/23/1983 was sentenced on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, by the Honorable Jennifer Growcock, to a total of fourteen (14) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
The defendant had previously pled guilty without a sentencing agreement with the State to the class C felony of delivery of a controlled substance, the class E felony of unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child, for an incident that occurred on November 8, 2017.
In the evening hours of November 8th, officers responded to a call of occupants smoking marijuana in their car at a Burger King in Christian County, Missouri. The officers approached the vehicle with multiple occupants, including two young children inside, and smelled the odor of marijuana. Officers searched the vehicle and found inside multiple guns and drugs.
The defendant, KANE TANSKI, was the driver of the vehicle. In relation to TANSKI, officers found a loaded 9mm Glock 17 handgun on the driver’s side floor board and a backpack in-between TANSKI’S legs. Inside the backpack, officers located a clear plastic bag containing a large brick-shaped white powdery substance, which the Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed as a quarter-pound of cocaine, and a large 9mm drum magazine containing 49 bullets.
The State requested the maximum and consecutive sentences on all counts. Defense counsel argued for concurrent time. The Court sentenced the defendant to ten (10) years on the delivery charge, four (4) years on the weapons charge, and one (1) year each on the endangering charges. The Court ran the delivery and weapons charge consecutively for a total of fourteen (14) years.
The range of punishment for a class C felony is a term of incarceration of 3-10 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The range of punishment for a E felony is a term of incarceration up to 4 years and/or a fine up to $10,000. The range of punishment for an A misdemeanor is a term of incarceration up to 1 year in the county jail and/or a fine up to $2,000.
The traffic stop was conducted by the Ozark Police Department, and the case was handled by Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Anna L. Bunch.
On September 23, 2019 Judge Bacon administered the Oath of Admission to the Missouri Bar to Joshua Baker and Scottie Bowden. Thereafter, Judge Bacon swore each one in as Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys. Finally, prior to receiving their badges of office each was administered the Prosecutor Code of Ethics by Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite.
Joshua Baker, a native of Kansas City, Missouri received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2019). He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2014).
Scottie Bowden, a native of Branson, Missouri received his Juris Doctorate from the Washburn University School of Law (2019). He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of the Ozarks (2015).
On June 8, 2019, Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Shana Mora participated in the “Over the Edge” fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center after raising $1100 for the organization.
Over the Edge is a unique fundraising program that tasks participants with raising a minimum of $1,000 dollars for the Child Advocacy Center. Participants meeting this criterion have the option of rappelling down the 11 story Sky Eleven (formerly Woodruff) Building in downtown Springfield, Missouri.
The Child Advocacy Center is an invaluable partner in both our community and the work we do at the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Formed in 1995, the CAC serves 16 counties throughout southwest and south central Missouri and has offices in Springfield and West Plains.
The CAC works with Children’s Division and other law enforcement agencies to ensure a “child-first” approach to handling cases of suspected child abuse. This ensures that investigations put the needs of child victims and witnesses first, and reduces the risk of further trauma during the investigation process.
To learn more about the CAC, its practices or how to donate yourself, please follow this link to their website.
More information about Over the Edge can be found at this link.