CHRISTIAN COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY’S STOP GRANT AWARD

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Contact:  JANETTE BLEAU
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
(417) 581-7915

DATE: March 6, 2020

RE: STOP GRANT AWARD

OZARK, MO – Christian County Prosecuting Attorney Amy J. Fite announced today the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has been awarded a STOP Grant. This grant is a two-year grant that will allow for an additional assistant prosecuting attorney and a victim advocate for the domestic violence caseload. At the end of the grant cycle, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will apply for renewal of the grant. The current caseload has 419 open cases.

Gino McKinnie Found Guilty of Robbery, Assault First Degree and Armed Criminal Action

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Contact:  TIMOTHY J. MCDONALD
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
(417) 581-7915

DATE: February 24, 2020

RE: Gino McKinnie Found Guilty of Robbery, Assault First Degree and Armed Criminal Action

OZARK, MO – Christian County Prosecuting Attorney Amy J. Fite announced today that GINO MCKINNIE of Ozark, Missouri was found guilty on February 20, 2020, by the Honorable Judge Jennifer Growcock following a bench trial heard on December 2, 2019.  The defendant was found guilty of all counts charged – one count of robbery in the first degree (class A felony), two counts of assault first in the first degree (class B felony) and three counts of armed criminal action (unclassified felony).

On November 23, 2016, the defendant entered unlawfully into an apartment at 2447 W. Petrus Circle, Ozark Missouri, where two victims were sleeping.  Once inside he hid downstairs until a third victim came home.  The defendant, wearing black gloves and a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled around his face, pointed a revolver at this victim and demanded money before striking the victim in the head with the pistol.  The defendant then forced the three victims into an upstairs bedroom where he spun the cylinder on the revolver, pointed the gun at one of the victims and pulled the trigger.  The defendant left the apartment after taking approximately $150 in cash.

Detective Anthony Appleton interviewed the victims and they identified the defendant as having committed the robbery.  He was arrested later that day.  During a search of the defendant’s residence and vehicle Detective Appleton found black rubber gloves and a hooded sweatshirt that matched those used during the robbery.  Cell phone records established that the defendant’s cell phone was in the area of the apartment at the time of the robbery.

Sentencing is set for June 4, 2020.  The range of punishment for robbery in the first degree is a term of incarceration of 10-30 years or life in the Missouri Department of Corrections.  The range of punishment for the class B felony of assault in the first degree is a term of incarceration of 5-15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.  The range of punishment for armed criminal action is a term of incarceration of at least three years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

This case was investigated by the Ozark Police Department with Detective Appleton leading the investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Tim McDonald.

JOSHUA SILAS RAINEY RECEIVES 22 YEAR SENTENCE

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


					

Kane Tanski sentenced to fourteen (14) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for delivery of a controlled substance & unlawful use of weapon

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Contact:  ANNA L. BUNCH
SENIOR ASSISTANT Prosecuting Attorney
(417) 581-7915
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.