October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity. Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status.
Beginning in August the CCPA was able to hire three veteran Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys, Rachel Smith, Dwight Scroggins, and Joe Schoeberl and two experienced investigators, Kevin Holle and Justin Varner. The final member of the CARES ACT Team started on September 9, 2020. The team will serve through December 2020. While here they will be focused on assisting in addressing the caseload backlog created as a result of the pandemic.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amy Fite
DATE: August 24, 2020
RE: Brittany Scrivener Sentenced to 20 years in Missouri Department of Corrections for July 2018 Car Chase and Assault Against Police Officer
OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced that Brittany Scrivener dob: xx/xx/1991 formerly of Springfield, Missouri was convicted of Unlawful Use of a Weapon Shooting from a Motor Vehicle, Assault 2nd Degree (3 counts), Armed Criminal Action (3 counts), Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting Arrest by Flight and Driving While Under the Influence of Controlled Substance for crimes committed on July 8, 2018.
On August 24, 2020, Judge Laura Johnson formally sentenced Ms. Scrivener to twenty years in prison. Ms. Scrivener plead guilty to all crimes charged as a part of a plea agreement with the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office on August 17, 2020. The Defendant admitted to leading officers on a high-speed police chase throughout Christian County on July 9, 2018. In Court, she agreed that during the pursuit, she fired multiple shots at three different officers. No private citizens, officers or police vehicles were hit by the shots fired. The defendant admitted that during the high-speed pursuit, she possessed methamphetamine and was under its influence while driving the car.
Nixa Police Department handled the investigation of this case. Christian County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol assisted Nixa Police Department in apprehending Ms. Scrivener and in ending the pursuit. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Rachel Smith. The team assigned to this case included: Victim Advocate Julie Harlan, Legal Assistant Libby Deroche, and Investigator Kevin Holle.
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).