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.

Linda Bowers and Charles Lowery Revoked for Probation Violations

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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. 

Possession of 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.

CCPA Helps Make a Difference

CCPA Office Members and Clever Police Department raise money for D.A.R.E. Left to Right: Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite, Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Anna Bunch, Victim/Witness Advocate Julie Harlan and Clever Police Dept. Chief Jeff Lofton.

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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. 

If you are interested in donating, here is Shana Mora’s link:

Barry George Found Guilty at Jury Trial of DWI, Trespass

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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

OZARK, 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.

The 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, 2019.

The 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.