Clayton Landrigan Sentenced to 15 Years in DOC

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Contact:   Anna L. Bunch, Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney  
                 417-581-7915
DATE:      May 3, 2019

RE:            CLAYTON LANDRIGAN SENTENCED AND REVOKED

OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that on May 2, 2019, Clayton J. Landrigan, dob: 02/14/1993, was sentenced on a pending drug case and admitted to violating his probation on another drug case in front of the Honorable Judge Laura Johnson. 

Landrigan pleaded without a plea agreement to possession with intent to distribute on February 7, 2019, for an event that occurred on June 21, 2015.  Landrigan was found by officers with over 10 grams of methamphetamine in separate individual baggies.  Texts on the defendant’s phone indicated he was distributing methamphetamine. 

After reviewing a Sentencing Assessment Report and hearing arguments from the State and defense counsel, the Court sentenced Landrigan to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.  Defense counsel argued for probation and Drug Court.  The State pointed out his prior convictions and multiple violations while on probation.

The defendant received the maximum sentence for the class B felony charge.  The range of punishment was five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Landrigan also admitted to violating the terms of his probation on a prior case, and his previous sentences of five (5) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections were executed.  On his prior case, Landrigan had pleaded guilty to forgery and possession of a controlled substance. 

The sentencing and probation violation were handled by Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Anna Bunch. The cases were investigated by the Ozark Police Department.

Daniel McLeod Sentenced to 10 Years in Missouri DOC

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Contact: Timothy J. McDonald,
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
(417) 581-7915
DATE: May 22, 2019

RE: Daniel McLeod sentenced to ten (10) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for Driving While Intoxicated

OZARK, MO – Christian County Prosecuting Attorney Amy J. Fite announced today that DANIEL MCLEOD, date of birth 08/02/1960 of Republic, Missouri was sentenced on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, by the Honorable Laura Johnson, to ten (10) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the class B felony of Driving While Intoxicated and seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the class D felony of Driving While Intoxicated Resulting in Serious Physical Injury and one (1) year in the Christian County Jail for the class A misdemeanor of Driving While Intoxicated – Person less than 17 years of Age in the Vehicle.  The defendant was sentenced under an increased range of punishment for acting with criminal negligence to cause the death of a person while he or she has a blood alcohol content of at least eighteen-hundredths of one percent (0.18).  The defendant had previously pled guilty pursuant to an agreement where the State would recommend a maximum of 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

During the early morning hours of May 21, 2017, the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to a crash with injuries on Terrell Valley Dr., south of Farm Road 194, in Christian County Missouri.  At the scene first responders located Shane House, who had died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.  They also located Amanda Medlin, who was determined to be five months pregnant and had suffered traumatic brain injury from the crash.  The defendant was located at the scene, and after admitting to driving the car involved in the crash, was determined to have a blood alcohol content of 0.18. 

The range of punishment for a class B felony is a term of incarceration of 5-15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.  The range of punishment for a D felony is a term of incarceration up to 7 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 $2,000.

Amy Fite Recognized as Prosecutor of the Year

St. Louis, Missouri – September 26, 2018 – Christian County Prosecuting Attorney Amy Fite has been named Prosecutor of the Year by the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (MAPA). The award was first presented at the MAPA annual meeting in August. Fite was further recognized September 26 at the Missouri Bar’s annual meeting on September 26th. The award was presented by MAPA Executive Director Jason Lamb. The presentation took place at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark in St. Louis, Missouri.

Amy Fite is in her second term as the elected prosecutor for Christian County. During this tenure, she has been named “Family and Sexual Violence Hero of the Year” in 2014 by the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (MAPA) and been honored by the Missouri Victim Assistance Network in 2015 with its James P. Damos Award in recognition of her willingness to go above and beyond her designated duties in order to affect a positive change for victims. She is currently serving the second year of a two-year term as President of MAPA.

Members of the staff and representatives from the Regional Child Support Office with Amy after the ceremony. Left to Right: Andrew Hart (Legal Assistant), Lara Fors (Reg. Child Support), Anna Bunch (Ast. Prosecuting Attorney), Julie Harlan (Victim Advocate), Amy Fite, Rachel Hopper (Ast. Prosecuting Attorney), Shannon Stephens (Victim Advocate), Cheri Cobb (Reg. Child Support Office), Suzanne Frakes (Legal Assistant), Dale Tavares (Legal Assistant)

In addition to serving Christian County since 2011, Fite has more than 19 years of prosecutorial experience. She has served the people of Missouri in a variety of positions including at the Circuit Attorney’s Office for the City of St. Louis and in the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

MAPA Executive Director Jason Lamb (left) and President of the Missouri Bar Morry S. Cole (right) congratulate

The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is responsible for the prosecution of crimes against the State of Missouri that occur within the geographical boundaries of Christian County, Missouri. Its mission is to seek and serve justice for the citizens of Christian County. The office consists of one elected Prosecuting Attorney, six Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys, seven Legal Assistants, three Victim Advocates and one Investigator.

A copy of this press release may be found here.

Jury Finds Steven McMullen Guilty on Manufacturing More Than 35 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

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Contact: Anna L. Bunch                                                                                                                   Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney                                                                           (417) 581-7915

 Date: September 27, 2018

 RE: CHRISTIAN COUNTY JURY FINDS STEVEN MCMULLEN GUILTY                                OF MANUFACTURING MORE THAN 35 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA                                AND UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

OZARK, MO – The Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announces that Steven McMullen DOB: March 1, 1960, of Nixa, Missouri was found guilty after a two-day jury trial held September 24-25, 2018. The jury trial commenced before the Honorable Judge Jennifer Growcock.

The Christian County jury found the defendant guilty of both counts: manufacturing more than 35 grams of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.  The jury deliberated for approximately one and a half hours before finding the defendant guilty.  Formal sentencing was scheduled before the Honorable Judge Jennifer Growcock on November 28, 2018.

The range of punishment for manufacturing more than 35 grams of marijuana is normally 3 to 10 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine up to $10,000. However, the defendant is a prior drug offender and is therefore facing an increased range of punishment. The increased range of punishment is 5 to 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.  The range of punishment for the unlawful use of drug paraphernalia is 1 day to 1 year in the Christian County Jail and/or a fine up to $2,000.

The investigation of this case was handled by Nixa Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Anna Bunch.

A copy of this press release may be found here.