Callaway County Court Activity – September 27th & October 4th

The following cases were heard on September 27, 2021, in the Circuit Court of Callaway County, Missouri, Division IV, Honorable Josh Devine presiding:

Kevin Lee Brake, 60, of Kingdom City, pleaded guilty to child molestation in the fourth degree.  Brake admitted that in November 2020 he subjected the child victim, who was then 14 years old, to sexual contact by touching the child’s penis through the child’s clothing with his hand.  The child reported that Brake had given him a ride from Fulton to a Kingdom City restaurant and that during that ride Brake made several sexually inappropriate comments to him and then reached over and touched the boy’s penis through his clothing.  The victim immediately reported the incident after returning to Fulton.  The judge sentenced Brake to 4 years in prison, the maximum sentence for the offense.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Wayne Lawrence Brondel, 56, of Auxvasse, was sentenced to 175 days in the county jail after being found guilty of five (5) counts of misuse of emergency telephone service.  A Callaway County jury found Brondel guilty of the offenses following a two-day jury trial held this past September.  Brondel was charged with repeatedly calling 911 in April, May and August 2019, and on two other occasions in September 2020.  Operators from Joint Communications testified that Brondel would call 911 repeatedly – sometimes over 30 times a day.  Brondel would verbally berate 911 operators for over 30 minutes at a time and was usually intoxicated.  Law enforcement officers who responded to Brondel’s residence as a result of the calls testified that they usually found him intoxicated and belligerent.  Brondel had previously been convicted of the same offense in 2012.  The judge denied Brondel’s motion for a new trial and imposed the sentences recommended the jury – 54 days in jail for Count 1, 50 days in jail for Count 2, 24 days in jail for Count 3, 37 days in jail for Count 4 and 10 days in jail for Count 5.  Those recommendations happened to coincide with the number of minutes for each of the five calls for which Brondel was charged.  The judge ordered those sentences to be served consecutively for a total of 175 days in jail.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

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Branden G. Collins, 44, of Wellsville, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Keith James Green, 42, of Holliday, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated (4th offense).  Green admitted that in December 2019 he was operating a motor vehicle on U.S. Highway 54 while under the influence of alcohol.  Green was found to be intoxicated when a trooper stopped him for speeding and lane violations.  The offense was enhanced to a felony based on Green’s prior convictions for DWI in Randolph and Monroe counties in 2006, 2008 and 2012.  The judge sentenced Green to 5 years in prison but suspended execution of that sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that he serve 60 days in jail.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Roger Dale Houchins, 58, of Fulton, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated (4th offense).  Houchins admitted that in March 2020 he was operating a motor vehicle on State Road JJ while under the influence of alcohol.  Houchins was found to be intoxicated when a trooper made contact with him following a single vehicle crash.  No other motorist was involved in the crash.  The offense was enhanced to a felony based on Houchins’ prior convictions for DWI in Callaway and Cole counties in 1991, 1993 and 2009.  The judge sentenced Houchins to 7 years in prison but suspended execution of that sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that he serve 60 days in jail.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Juan Manuel Hurtado, 28, of California, Missouri, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Allen Conrad Knapp, 34, of Columbia, failed to appear in court.  A warrant remains outstanding for his arrest.

Jackson Taylor Ledford, 22, of York, South Carolina, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) and tampering with physical evidence.  Ledford admitted that he possessed nearly a pound of marijuana when he was stopped for traffic offenses on Interstate 70 in August 2019.  Morton also admitted that he attempted to conceal tetrahydrocannabinol wax in the trooper’s vehicle.  That drug had been handed to Ledford by a co-defendant who was also taken into custody.  Ledford attempted to hide those drugs under the seat in the trooper’s patrol vehicle.  The judge placed Ledford on five years of supervised probation for both offenses.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Jeremy Bryce Pritchard, 24, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (alprazolam) and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.  Pritchard admitted that he was operating a motor vehicle on Highway 94 this past April while under the influence of drugs.  A deputy sheriff and trooper made contact with Pritchard after he crashed the vehicle he was driving.  The officers immediately noted the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and found Pritchard to be under the influence of drugs.  A witness advised that Pritchard had tossed a plastic baggie in a nearby ditch after the crash.  Officers located an alprazolam tablet in the area which Pritchard acknowledged throwing after the crash.  The judge placed Pritchard on five years of supervised probation for the drug offense and sentenced him to 10 days in jail for the DWI offense.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol.

William Cody Smith, 38, of Mokane, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (fentanyl) with intent to distribute.  Smith admitted that he possessed the drugs which were seized in his residence on County Road 427 during execution of a search warrant this past June.  Officers located 13 capsules of fentanyl, as well as digital scales and plastic baggies consistent with the distribution of narcotics.  The judge sentenced Smith to 4 years in prison and recommended that he complete a substance abuse treatment program before being considered for release.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Evans Tillman, 53, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and attempted escape from custody.  Tillman admitted that he physically resisted a police officer’s attempt to arrest him on warrants from Boone and Cole counties.  After he was taken into custody, the officer transported Tillman to a local hospital to make certain he was fit for confinement.  After his examination at the hospital, Tillman again physically resisted efforts to handcuff him and fled down a hallway before being apprehended.   The judge sentenced Tillman to 4 years in prison for each of the offenses but suspended execution of those sentences and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that he successfully complete the Callaway County Treatment Court program if accepted.  The case was investigated by the Fulton Police Department.

Spencer Vance, 51, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated (4th offense).  Vance admitted that in December 2020 he was operating a motor vehicle on County Road 211 while under the influence of alcohol.  Vance was discovered to be intoxicated when a trooper made contact with him during the investigation of a crash at a Kingdom City business.  Another motorist reported that Vance had rear-ended his vehicle and the motorist believed Vance to be intoxicated when he made contact with him.  Vance left the scene of the crash and the trooper made contact with him a short time later and found him to be intoxicated.  The offense was enhanced to a felony based on Vance’s previous convictions for DWI in Audrain and Callaway Counties in 1993, 2003 and 2006.  The judge sentenced Vance to 7 years in prison but suspended execution of the sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that Vance serve 120 days in the county jail and successfully complete the Callaway County DWI Court program.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The following cases were heard on October 4, 2021, in the Circuit Court of Callaway County, Missouri, Division II, Honorable Jeff Harris presiding:

Brandon Robert Harris, 31, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty to violation of an order of protection.  Harris admitted calling the victim in violation of an order of the Circuit Court of Callaway County that prohibited him from initiating communication with her.  The offense was enhanced to a felony based on Harris’ previous conviction for the same offense in 2018.  The judge sentenced Harris to 4 years in prison but suspended execution of the sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that he have no further contact with the victim.  The case was investigated by the Holts Summit Police Department.

Susan Lynn McMillin, 40, of Steedman, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for domestic assault in the second degree.  McMillin was on probation for the offense.  Following a hearing, the judge found that McMillin had violated probation and revoked it.  The case was originally investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Hayden Earl Dale Pardoe, 29, of Jefferson City, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).  Pardoe had been on probation for the offense.  Following a hearing, the judge found that Pardoe had violated probation and revoked it.  The case was originally investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Travis Aaron Steele, 39, of Hazelwood, pleaded guilty to assault in the third degree involving a special victim (elderly person).  Steele, a truck driver, admitted that he got angry at the 73 year-old victim, also a truck driver, after Steele alleged that the victim cut him off.  Once inside a Kingdom City business, Steele shoved the victim causing him to fall and fracture a rib.  The judge sentenced Steele to 4 years in prison but suspended execution of that sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that Steele have no contact with the victim and pay restitution.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas Wayne Repper, 58, of New Bloomfield, pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and one charge of misdemeanor resisting arrest.  Repper admitted that he possessed the drug in July 2019 when he was stopped for a traffic offense and arrested for driving while his operator’s license was revoked.  The arresting officer searched Repper incident to that arrest and found the drugs in his pocket.  Repper also admitted that he possessed the drug on a second occasion in September 2019 when he was stopped for a traffic offense.  In the course of that stop, Repper admitted that he possessed drugs and then physically resisted when the officer attempted to arrest him.  The judge sentenced Repper to 7 years in prison for each of the drug offenses and 1 year in the county jail for the resisting arrest charge.  All of the sentences were ordered to be served concurrently with prison sentences Repper was currently serving.  Both cases were investigated by the Holts Summit Police Department.

Russell Stith, 58, of Kingdom City, pleaded guilty to felony stealing.  Stith admitted stealing logs by having them harvested from the victim’s property in January 2018.  The judge sentenced Stith 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 in an amount to be determined at a later hearing.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Mark Alan Wolfmeier, 50, of Holts Summit, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for resisting a lawful stop.  Wolfmeier had been on probation for the offense, admitted violating probation, and the judge revoked it.  The case was originally investigated by the Holts Summit Police Department.