Early August Court Cases Heard In Callaway County

The following cases were heard between August 2 and August 5, 2021, in the Circuit Court of Callaway County, Missouri, Division II, Honorable Jeff Harris presiding:

Jared James Brooks, 25, of Fulton, was acquitted of the charges of unlawful use of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.  Brooks had been charged with displaying a pistol during a domestic disturbance in December 2020.  The Callaway County jury found Brooks not guilty of the offenses following a two-day trial.  Brooks was represented by the Missouri Public Defender’s Office.  The case was investigated by the Fulton Police Department.

Yehuda Cohen, 43, of Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).  Cohen admitted that he possessed the drug when he was stopped for speeding on Interstate 70 in September 2020.  In the course of the stop, Cohen consented to a search of his vehicle.  A trooper discovered the drug in a backpack that Cohen admitted belonged to him.  The judge placed Cohen on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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Mario Laphonse Crump, 55, of Fulton, failed to appear in court in three cases.  Warrants were issued for his arrest.

Danielle Marie Geohegan, 33, of Bardstown, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).  Geohegan admitted that she possessed marijuana, marijuana plants, as well as edible candies and baked items infused with tetrahydrocannabinol, when she was stopped on Interstate 70 for speeding in November 2020.  In the course of the stop, Geohegan admitted that she had marijuana in her vehicle.  A trooper discovered the items throughout the vehicle during a search.  The judge placed Geohegan on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Joseph Brian Gibson, Jr., 28, of Fulton, pleaded guilty to assault in the third degree.  Gibson admitted striking the victim in the face during a December 2017 incident. The victim suffered injuries to one eye and his teeth as a result.  The judge sentenced Gibson to 3 years in prison but suspended execution of that sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that he pay restitution to the victim for his medical bills.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Gabriel Charles Horstman, 41, of Mokane, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Valrey Loveless Johnson, 27, of Jefferson City, was sentenced to 4 years in prison on charges of burglary in the second degree and stealing.  Johnson had been on probation for the offenses, admitted violating probation, and the judge revoked it.  The case was originally investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Trevor Carlton Middleton, 29, of Holts Summit, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).  Middleton admitted that he possessed the drug when he was stopped for traffic offenses in July 2020.  In the course of the stop, the deputy learned that Middleton had an active arrest warrant from Cole County and took him into custody.  During a search of Middleton’s vehicle, the deputy discovered the drug and drug paraphernalia.  The judge placed Middleton on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Shaun Alexander Reed, 30, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty to stealing.  Reed admitted that he, acting with others, stole tools and other items from a residence on County Road 4002 in June 2020.  Deputies were called to the scene for a burglary in progress.  Shortly thereafter, Reed and another person were located and found to be in possession of the stolen property.  Reed later admitted his involvement in the theft of the property.  The judge sentenced Reed to 4 years in prison but suspended execution of that sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Eric Dewitt Smith, 42, of Florissant, pleaded guilty to the felony of resisting a lawful stop and the misdemeanor offenses of speeding and driving while revoked.  Smith admitted that he failed to stop for a trooper in June 2021 and fled in a manner that created a substantial risk of injury or death to other motorists.  A trooper attempted to stop Smith for speeding on Interstate 70.  Smith admitted that he did not stop and fled in his vehicle, traveling at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, passing vehicles on the shoulder and cutting off other vehicles as he fled.  The judge sentenced Smith to 4 years in prison for the felony resisting charge but suspended execution of that sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation.  The judge sentenced Smith to 60 days in jail for the speeding and driving while revoked offenses.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The following cases were heard between August 9 and August 13, 2021, in the Circuit Court of Callaway County, Missouri, Division II, Honorable Jeff Harris presiding:

Mary Renee Cooke, 28, of Auxvasse, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Nicholas Ryan Deppe, 22, of Holts Summit, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).  Deppe admitted that he possessed over 100 grams of marijuana in November 2019.  The drugs were discovered by law enforcement officers during execution of a search warrant at Deppe’s residence.  The judge sentenced Deppe to serve 3 years in prison to be served concurrently with sentences he was already serving in the Department of Corrections.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Jesse Stephan Devalle, 40, of Fulton, pleaded guilty to the charge of being a sex offender loitering within 500’ of a public park.  Devalle admitted that he had loitered in the parking lot of Memorial Park in Fulton in May 2021, despite being prohibited from being in that area due to his conviction for statutory rape in the second degree in Callaway County in 2006.  The judge sentenced Devalle to 4 years in prison for the offense.  The case was investigated by the Fulton Police Department.  Devalle also pleaded guilty in a separate case to burglary in the second degree.  In that case, Devalle admitted that he unlawfully entered a building on Sillivan Drive in August 2019 to commit stealing.  The judge sentenced Devalle to 4 years in prison for that offense.  That case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.  Devalle was also sentenced to 4 years in prison on charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), unlawful possession of a firearm, failure to register as a sex offender and felony stealing.  Devalle had been on probation for those offenses, admitted violating probation, and the judge revoked it.  Those cases were originally investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Daniel Matthew Infield, 31, of Fulton, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Valrey Loveless Johnson, 27, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty to charges of resisting arrest, assault in the fourth degree and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).  Johnson admitted that he physically resisted arrest when a deputy sheriff attempted to arrest Johnson on a Cole County arrest warrant.  Johnson admitted striking another deputy sheriff in the face during the incident.  Johnson also admitted that he possessed methamphetamine at the time of his arrest.  The judge sentenced Johnson to 4 years in prison for the resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance charges.  The judge sentenced Johnson to 6 months in jail for the assault of a deputy sheriff.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Jeremiah Kaullen, 40, of Jefferson City, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Heidi Sue Miller, 39, of Fulton, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony stealing.  In one case, Miller admitted using the victim’s debit card without permission over a period of four months in 2018 to make on-line purchases totaling over $800.  In a second case, Miller admitted to receiving stolen appliances, tools and jewelry in November 2018.  Police discovered the stolen items in Miller’s residence when they executed a search warrant.  In each case, the judge sentenced Miller to 5 years in prison but suspended execution of the sentences and placed her on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that she pay restitution to the victims and that she successfully complete the Callaway County Treatment Court program.  Both cases were investigated by the Fulton Police Department.

James Patrick Myers, 37, of Kimberling City, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Will Colin Shoemaker, 21, of Fulton, was sentenced to 4 years in prison on charges of burglary in the second degree (2 counts) and felony stealing (2 counts).  Shoemaker had been on probation for the offenses, admitted violating probation, and the judge revoked it.

Judy Lynn Simons, 36, of Fulton, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Johnathon Michael Thomas, 30, of Fulton, was sentenced to 5 years in prison on two charges of felony stealing and 4 years in prison on the charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).  Thomas had been on probation for the offenses, admitted violating probation, and the judge revoked it.  The judge recommended that Thomas complete a substance abuse treatment program within the Department of Corrections before being considered for release.  The cases were originally investigated by the Fulton Police Department and Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Kyle Allen Warden, 32, of Fulton, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident.  Warden admitted that he was involved in a motor vehicle crash on County Road 305 in June 2020 that resulted in damage to the property of Callaway Electric Cooperative.  Warden admitted that he left the scene of the crash without reporting the incident to Callaway Electric or to law enforcement.  The judge sentenced Warden to 4 years in prison but suspended execution of the sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

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