Cases heard in Pettis County Circuit Court


The following cases were resolved April 4 in the Pettis County Circuit Court of Pettis County.

Stephen J. Martinez, 36, of Iowa, was sentenced to four years in the Department of Corrections for the felony offense of tampering with a motor vehicle.

Robert A. Woolery, 26, of Sedalia, was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to second degree trafficking drugs. During a traffic stop in early December 2015, the defendant was found to be in possession of excess of 38 grams of methamphetamine.

Alfonso D. Kirkwood, 37, of Sedalia, was sentenced to two terms of seven years in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to the felony of stealing by force. The defendant’s prior existing probation for assault was also revoked.

Daniel M. Balke, 39, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to first degree burglary and second degree assault and was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections on each count. The Prosecutor’s Office alleged that on Nov. 23, 2015, the defendant broke into the residence of an individual known to him and assaulted her with a rubber hose.

Austin R. Blankenship, 19, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and confessed to a probation violation, also for felony possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to five years and four years, respectively, in the Department of Corrections. The defendant was sentenced with preference given to institutional treatment.

Jesse A. Jones, 28, of Sedalia, was sentenced to five years on each count in the department of corrections after pleading guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and unlawful possession of a firearm. The defendant is a prior felon and therefore not permitted to possess a firearm. During a traffic stop in February, officers found the defendant to be in possession of methamphetamine and a Glock 9mm handgun.

Richard L. Kohrs, 31, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest. On Dec. 21, 2015, officers located the defendant apparently sleeping in a stolen automobile. After making contact the defendant fled in the vehicle at a high rate of speed but was eventually apprehended when he exited and attempted to flee on foot. Kohrs was sentenced to four years in the Department of Corrections.

Jeffrey S. Bain, 33, of Windsor, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and unlawful use of a weapon by exhibiting it in an angry or threatening manner. The defendant was sentenced to two years in the Department of Corrections on each count.

Release courtesy of Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney Phillip Sawyer

Sedalia Democrat

Release courtesy of Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney Phillip Sawyer

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