Recent Cases Hear In The Circuit Court Of Callaway County Division III

The following cases were heard on May 10, 2022, in the Circuit Court of Callaway County, Missouri, Division III, Honorable Kevin Crane presiding: 

Mary Renae Cooke, 29, of Auxvasse, pleaded guilty to tampering in the first degree.  Cooke admitted that she had operated a vehicle without the consent of the owner in June 2019.  The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Columbia just days prior to a deputy sheriff making contact with Cooke.  Cooke claimed to have purchased the vehicle for $500 and had discovered within hours that it was stolen.  The judge placed Cooke on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

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Christopher William Cornett, 33, of Eldon, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Terence Mandil Galbreath, 43, of Fulton, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Anthony Scott Gallup, 31, of Fulton, failed to appear in court for two cases and warrants were issued for his arrest.

Charles John Neal, 30, of Holts Summit, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated (3rd offense) and misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident.  Neal admitted that he operated a vehicle on U.S. Highway 54 in August 2021 while under the influence of alcohol.  A concerned motorist notified authorities of an erratic driver on the highway.  A trooper who responded found that Neal had been involved in a single-vehicle crash after driving off the roadway, striking a road sign and post, then through a private yard and back into ditches before driving back onto Highway 54.  Neal admitted that he left the scene after damaging the road sign and posts.  The DWI offense was enhanced to a felony based on Neal’s previous convictions for DWI in 2012 and 2015 in Osage and Boone counties.  The judge sentenced Neal to 3 years in prison for the DWI offense and 60 days in jail for the misdemeanor leaving the scene offense.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

 

 

The following cases were heard on May 16, 2022, in the Circuit Court of Callaway County, Missouri, Division I, Honorable Brouck Jacobs presiding:

Aaron Jason Boydston, 44, of Fulton, was sentenced to 4 years in prison on charges of DWI (3rd offense) and domestic assault in the third degree.  Boydston had been on probation for the offenses, admitted violating probation, and the judge revoked it.  The cases were originally investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Fulton Police Department.

Jerren Wayde Harris, 27, of Fulton, pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon and domestic assault in the fourth degree. Harris admitted that he was involved in a domestic disturbance at his home that involved other family members.  In the course of the disturbance, Harris exited the residence and forced his way into an outbuilding where he fired a handgun through a door.  One of the bullets ricocheted and struck a family member in the leg causing a minor injury.  The judge sentenced Harris to 4 years in prison on the weapon offense and recommended that he complete a substance abuse treatment program in the Department of Corrections before being considered for release.  The judge sentenced Harris to 120 days in jail for the domestic assault offense.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Jason Patrick Mushrush, 33, of Fulton, pleaded guilty to charges of tampering with a motor vehicle (two counts) and felony stealing (three counts).  Mushrush admitted that he possessed a stolen John Deere UTV and zero-turn mower between November 2020 and January 2021.  He also admitted stealing a flatbed utility trailer during that same time period.  In a separate case, Mushrush admitted stealing a Ram flatbed truck and a veterinary ultrasound machine in October 2021.  The judge sentenced Mushrush to 4 years in prison for each of the offenses.  Both cases were investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

James David Pace, 40, of Holts Summit, pleaded guilty to burglary in the second degree and felony stealing.  Pace admitted that he acted in concert with others to burglarize a storage unit in Holts Summit in January 2020, stealing a set of wheels and tires.  The judge sentenced Pace to 7 years in prison for the offenses but suspended execution of those sentences and placed him on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Destiny Nicole Poole, 23, of Auxvasse, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute.  Poole admitted that she possessed less than five grams of methamphetamine that was seized from her residence during execution of a search warrant in July 2021.  Poole admitted to investigators that she intended to sell the drug.  The judge placed Poole on five years of supervised probation for the offense.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Callaway County Sheriff’s Office and MUSTANG Drug Task Force.

Stephen Jay Thorp, 59, of Moberly, pleaded guilty to felony resisting a lawful stop and felony resisting arrest.  Thorp admitted that he engaged in a high-speed pursuit with a trooper on U.S. Interstate 70 in June 2021.  Thorp evaded law enforcement officers, exited the Interstate and fled along county roads until he stopped the vehicle and fled on foot.  Thorp was apprehended a few days later in Mexico (MO).  The judge sentenced Thorp to 4 years in prison for each of the offenses.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Ollice Eddie Lee Upchurch, 55, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated (5th offense).  Upchurch admitted that he was operating a vehicle on U.S. Highway 54 in July 2020 while under the influence of alcohol.  Upchurch was stopped by a trooper for speeding.  The trooper observed multiple signs of intoxication and requested that Upchurch perform field sobriety tests which he refused.  Upchurch did provide a breath sample which revealed his blood alcohol content to be nearly twice the legally presumed level of intoxication.  The offense was enhanced to a felony based on Upchurch’s previous DWI convictions in 1996, 2000 and 2003 in Cole County, and 2006 in Miller County.  The judge sentenced Upchurch to 4 years in prison.  Under Missouri law, Upchurch must serve at least two years in prison before he is eligible for parole.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Timothy Jerome Valentine, 33, of Potosi, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Beth Ann Volk, 41, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).  Volk was stopped for speeding on Interstate 70 in April 2021 and during the course of the stop, a K-9 officer alerted on the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle led to the discovery and seizure of three pounds of vacuum packed marijuana.  The judge placed Volk on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Charlie Walters, 44, of California, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).  Walters admitted that he possessed the drug in December 2019 when a vehicle in which he was a passenger was stopped for a registration violation.  In the course of the stop, Walters was arrested on outstanding warrants and was found in possession of the drug when he was booked into the Callaway County Jail.  The judge sentenced Walters to 4 years in prison to be served with sentences Walters was already serving.  The case was investigated by the Holts Summit Police Department and Callaway County Sheriff’s office.

Rhonda Lynn Watson, 50, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to tampering with a motor vehicle.  Watson admitted that in December 2020 she possessed a Ford Ranger pickup without consent of the owner.  The judge sentenced Watson to 4 years in prison for that offense.  In a separate case, Watson pleaded guilty to property damage in the first degree and misdemeanor stealing.  Watson admitted that she acted in concert with another person in October 2020 to damage a pet wash machine by prying open the machine and stealing currency.  The judge sentenced Watson to 4 years in prison for the property damage offense and imposed a fine of $150 for the stealing offense.  In both cases, the judge suspended execution of the prison sentences and placed her on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that she pay restitution to the victims.   Both cases were investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.