Callaway County Court Docket From November 1st & 8th

The following cases were heard on November 1, 2021, in the Circuit Court of Callaway County, Missouri, Division I, Honorable Jeff Harris presiding:

Rachel Allen, 57, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and cocaine).  The drugs were located in Allen’s Kingdom City hotel room during execution of a search warrant this past July.  The judge placed Allen on five years of supervised probation for the offenses.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Cody Tyler Barker, 22, of Springfield, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).  Barker admitted that he possessed the drug in June 2019 when he was stopped for a traffic offense.  The judge placed Barker on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Holts Summit Police Department.

Brian J. Barrett, 49, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty to domestic assault in the second degree.  Barrett admitted that he caused physical injury to the female victim in July 2021 by strangling her.  A deputy sheriff responded to a call of a domestic disturbance on State Road AA after a neighbor heard a woman crying for help.  The deputy located the victim who reported a history of physical and mental abuse by Barrett.  The victim in the case recommended that Barrett receive therapy.  The judge sentenced Barrett to 6 years in prison but suspended execution of that sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that he complete substance abuse treatment and successfully complete a batterer’s intervention program.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher James Bergesch, 30, of Fulton, was sentenced to 7 years in prison on the charge of distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana).  Bergesch had been on probation for the offense.  Following a hearing, the judge found that Bergesch had violated probation and revoked it.  The case was originally investigated by the Fulton Police Department.

Michael Anthony Graham, Jr., 41, of Fulton, pleaded guilty to burglary in the second degree and felony stealing.  Graham admitted that he burglarized a residence on County Road 456, owned by a member of his family, in June 2018 and stole a safe containing silver bars, currency and jewelry.  The judge placed Graham on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that he pay restitution to the victim in an amount to be determined at an upcoming hearing.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnathon Levon Kinzer, 35, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).  Kinzer admitted that he possessed approximately two pounds of marijuana when he was stopped for a traffic offense on Interstate 70 in September 2019.  During the course of the stop, a deputy sheriff handling a K-9 officer had the dog conduct an exterior sniff of the vehicle operated by Kinzer.  After the dog alerted, the vehicle was searched.  In the course of the search, the trooper located and seized three vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana weighing approximately two pounds, as well as other drug-related paraphernalia.  The judge placed Kinzer on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol with assistance from the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Bradley Dyschel Murrell, 38, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (tetrahydrocannabinol).  Murrell admitted that he possessed the drug during a traffic stop on Interstate 70 in February 2021.  During the course of the stop, Murrell admitted that he had been smoking marijuana just before the trooper pulled him over for speeding.  Murrell admitted that he had marijuana in his vehicle.  The trooper searched the vehicle and discovered over one pound of marijuana and THC oil.  The judge placed Murrell on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Morris Tyrone Neal, Jr., 37, of Fulton, was sentenced to 5 years in prison on the charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), 4 years on the charge of leaving the scene of an accident and 5 years on the charge of domestic assault in the second degree.  Neal had been on probation for the offenses, admitted violating probation, and the judge revoked it.  The cases were originally investigated by the Fulton Police Department and Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Kenneth Dwayne Riddle, 41, of Cedar Hill, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident.  Riddle admitted that he left the scene of a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 70 in April 2021.  Riddle was driving a pickup truck and pulling a flatbed trailer when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the top of the exit ramp at State Route A and struck another motorist.  Riddle fled the scene after the crash.  The other vehicle sustained damages of over $1000.  The judge sentenced Riddle to 4 years in prison to be served concurrently with another prison sentence he was serving for tampering with a motor vehicle.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Roy Gene Shields, 58, of Columbia, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Amy Jean Thomas, 50, of Fulton, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and alprazolam).  Thomas admitted that she possessed the drugs that were found in her residence on State Road NN during execution of a search warrant in August 2020.  The judge placed Thomas on five years of supervised probation for the offenses.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

The following cases were heard on November 8, 2021, in the Circuit Court of Callaway County, Missouri, Division III, Honorable Kevin Crane presiding:

Cody Alan Amsden, 28, of Rolla, pleaded guilty to tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting a lawful stop and resisting arrest.  In June 2021, a deputy sheriff responded to a church on State Road E after a concerned citizen reported that a man appeared to try to enter the church that was locked.  The citizen provided the license plate of the vehicle being driven by the man.  A check revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Columbia.  Law enforcement officers located the vehicle on State Road M and attempted to stop it.  Amsden admitted that he was operating the vehicle without the consent of the owner and that he fled when officers attempted to stop him.   Amsden admitted that he engaged in a high-speed pursuit, traveling at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour on county roads where the speed limit was 55 miles per hour, while evading a marked patrol vehicle with activated lights and siren.  Amsden eventually crashed the vehicle into a tree and fled on foot.  He was apprehended a short time later hiding in a shed on Old U.S. Highway 40.  The judge sentenced Amsden to 7 years in prison on the tampering charge, 4 years in prison on the resisting a lawful stop charge and 4 years in prison on the resisting arrest charge.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Joshua Lee Blanton, 38, of Columbia, failed to appear in court and a warrant remains outstanding for his arrest.

Christopher Ray Goff, 36, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).  Goff admitted that he possessed the drug during a traffic stop on Interstate 70 in April 2021.  In the course of the stop, the trooper observed drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and Goff admitted to having a loaded syringe.  A search of the vehicle led to the discovery and seizure of a syringe loaded with liquid methamphetamine.  The judge sentenced Goff to 7 years in prison but suspended execution of the sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Zachary Glen Jennings, 31, of Paris, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary in the second degree.  Jennings admitted breaking into the laundry room of a Kingdom City hotel to commit stealing in February 2021 and a kiosk in the lobby of the same hotel in March 2021.  Jennings stole approximately $50 in quarters in the first incident and approximately $40 in food and merchandise during the second incident.  The judge sentenced Jennings to 5 years in prison for each offense but suspended execution of the sentences and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that he successfully complete the Audrain County Treatment Court program.  The cases were investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Zachary Lane McBee, 33, of Columbia, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Tresean Darnell Morrison, 30, of Fulton, pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).  Morrison admitted that he possessed the drug during a traffic stop in January 2020.  Morrison admitted that he also possessed the drug when he was arrested on an unrelated warrant in May 2021.  In each of the cases, the judge placed Morrison on five years of supervised probation.  The cases were investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office and Fulton Police Department.

Chuck Peters, 42, of Fulton, pleaded guilty to tampering with a motor vehicle.  Peters admitted that in June 2021 he possessed a pickup truck without the consent of the owner.  The victim, a family member, reported that she had allowed Peters to use the truck previously and after he returned it, the two engaged in a verbal argument and she advised him that he could no longer use the vehicle.  Peters admitted that he took the ruck without permission a day later.  The judge placed Peters on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that he successfully complete the Callaway County Treatment Court program.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Freddie Dean Shirley, Jr., 51, of Henley, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate).  Shirley admitted that in September 2021 he fled from a Branch Road residence when deputies attempted to arrest him for an Osage County offense of statutory sodomy.  After a short pursuit, Shirley was apprehended and found to be in possession of the drug.  The judge sentenced Shirley to 4 years in prison on the resisting charge and 5 years in prison for the drug offense.  The cases were investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office and MUSTANG Drug Task Force.

Donald Wright Simmons, 26, of Fulton, failed to appear in court.  A warrant remains outstanding for his arrest.

Justin Arnold Starr, 32, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to felony stealing.  Starr admitted that he appropriated a 2005 Ford Mustang in December 2019 by deceit.  The victim reported that he sold the vehicle to Starr, who paid with a check, with the understanding that the victim would turn over the title to the vehicle once the check cleared.  The check did not clear the bank and the victim notified Starr who said he would follow up.  Starr kept the vehicle and refused to respond to the victim’s additional messages.  The judge sentenced Starr to 7 years in prison but suspended execution of the sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Fulton Police Department.