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.
Contact: Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Anna L. Bunch, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney 417-581-7915 DATE: May 28, 2019
RE: Defendants Revoked for Violating Their Probation
OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s
Office announces that defendants, Linda Bowers and Charles Lowery, had their
probation revoked in front of the Honorable Judge Laura Johnson.
Linda Bowers had previously pled guilty to possession
of a controlled substance in February 2017 and was given a Suspended Imposition
of Sentence. She was placed on probation and ordered to comply with several
conditions of probation. Bowers admitted to violating her probation back in
December 2018 and was given multiple chances to do better on probation. On May
16, 2019, after hearing arguments from both sides, the Court revoked Bowers
probation, and she was sentenced to seven (7) years Mo Dept of Corrections
under 559.115 (Institutional Treatment Program-ITC).
Charles Lowery had previously pled guilty to possession
of controlled substance in July 2016. He was placed on probation and was
shortly thereafter declared an absconder. Lowery was revoked and sent to do a
120 ITC. After release from the 120 ITC, he was placed back on probation.
Lowery again back violating his probation. He was discharged three times from
substance abuse treatment, had positive drug tests, and then stopped reporting.
On May 23, 2019, after a hearing, the Court revoked his probation and executed
his seven (7) year sentence.
controlled substance was a class C felony at the time both cases were
committed. The range of punishment for a
class C felony at that time was one day up to seven (7) years incarceration
and/or a fine not to exceed $5000.
The cases were handled by Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Anna Bunch.
Contact: Prosecuting Attorney’s Office 417-581-7915 DATE: MAY 28, 2019
RE: CCPA OFFICE HELPS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting
Attorney’s Office announces that members of the office are helping make a
difference in the community.
On May 24, 2019, members of the office participated in
the Christian County D.A.R.E. Benefit Golf tournament. The four-person team
consisted of Christian County Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite, Senior Assistant
Prosecuting Attorney Anna Bunch, Victim/Witness Advocate Julie Harlan, and
Clever Police Dept. Chief Jeff Lofton. All proceeds of the tournament go to the
D.A.R.E. Program which educates kids in Christian County about the dangers of
drugs and alcohol and equips them with the skills to resist them.
On June 8, 2019, Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Shana Mora will be going Over the Edge for the Child Advocacy Center. Mora will be rappelling down SKY ELEVEN in downtown Springfield, Mo. Over the Edge has become an annual fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center, and it uses the funds raised through this event to make sure there is a safe place for child victims to talk about their experiences. Mora is the third person from the CCPA Office to go Over the Edge. Christian County Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite and First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Tuohy have previously gone Over the Edge.
Contact: John M. Peacock Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (417) 581-7915 DATE: May 29, 2019
RE: CHRISTIAN COUNTY JURY FINDS BARRY GEORGE GUILTY OF DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED AND TRESPASS IN THE FIRST DEGREE
MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that BARRY
GEORGE DOB:5/25/1964, of Sparta, Missouri was found guilty after a two-day jury
trial held April 29-30, 2019. The jury trial was commenced before the Honorable
Judge Laura Johnson.
Christian County jury found the defendant guilty of both counts, driving while
intoxicated and trespass in the first degree.
The jury deliberated for approximately an hour and forty-five minutes
before finding the defendant guilty. Formal
sentencing is scheduled before the Honorable Judge Laura Johnson on June 25,
defendant had two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated. These prior
convictions for DWI make the defendant’s current conviction a persistent DWI
offense. Driving While Intoxicated as a persistent offender is a class E
felony. The range of punishment for an E felony is either a special term of
incarceration in the Christian County Jail not to exceed one year or a term of
incarceration in the Mo Dept of Corrections not to exceed four years and/or a
fine not to exceed $10,000 dollars. The
range of punishment for trespass in the first degree of a class B misdemeanor
is a term of incarceration in the Mo. Dept. of Corrections not to exceed six
months and/or a fine not to exceed $1,000.
The investigation of this case was handled by Christian County Sheriff’s Department Deputies Lachlan Hicks and John Wilkerson. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John Peacock assisted by First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Janette Bleau.
RE: NICHOLAS SANNA DOB 11/30/1997 FOUND GUILTY OF FELONY KIDNAPPING, TWO COUNTS OF DOMESTIC ASSAULT IN THE 4TH DEGREE, AND PROPERTY DAMAGE IN THE 2ND DEGREE
OZARK, MO – The
Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that on May 15, 2019
defendant was found guilty of the above noted charges by Judge Laura Johnson
after a bench trial that was held on May 13, 2019. At the trial, victim A.G. testified that she was
on her lunch break from a Nixa nursing home and was parked in the Walmart
parking lot in Nixa when the defendant, her estranged boyfriend, found her
there, yelled at her and pounded on the car window she was in and it broke the
window. He reached through the broken window, took the car keys out of the
ignition and threw them out into the parking lot. A.G. exited the vehicle and
tried to run away but defendant grabbed her and threw her into the vehicle he
arrived in and took off with her. A.G. testified that she was very afraid and
tried to exit the car even though it was in motion but defendant would grab her
and prevent her from leaving. An employee of Walmart (witness) testified that
she saw the defendant chasing the victim and heard the victim yelling for help.
Witness tried to reach the victim to help but before she could get to victim
she saw the defendant grab the victim and throw victim into a vehicle and drive
off. The incident was also caught on the
Walmart video camera. Defendant also changed the password to victim’s phone so
she could not use it. During the drive he told A.G. multiple things including
he was going to “put her 6 feet under.” He drove her to a location in
Rogersville and he got out of the car and let her drive away. K.K., co-worker of
A.G. (and owner of the vehicle that the window was broken out) testified that when
A.G. arrived back to work A.G. was hysterical. Officer Logan Cash and Officer
Barton also testified. Sentencing is set for is set for July 17, 2019 at 2:30
kidnapping in the 1st degree class B felony is five to fifteen years
in the Missouri Department of Corrections. An individual convicted and
sentenced for this offense shall not be eligible for parole until eighty-five
percent of the sentence is served.
Punishment for domestic
assault in the 4th degree is one day to one year in the Christian
County Jail and/or a fine of up to $2000.
Punishment for property
damage in the 2nd degree is one day to six months in the Christian
County Jail and/or a fine of up to $2000.
This case was
investigated by the Nixa Police Department.
The prosecution was handled by 1st Assistant Prosecuting
Attorney Janette Bleau.