Law Day cases heard Monday in Pettis County

Democrat Staff

Democrat Staff

The following cases were heard Monday in the Pettis County Circuit Court.

Kevin Murray, 34, of Sedalia, entered a guilty plea to felony domestic assault and felony stealing. Prosecutors alleged that on Oct. 27, 2015, the defendant assaulted a family member by choking her. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement discovered multiple items that had previously been stolen from Walmart stored in the defendant’s garage.

He was sentenced to seven years on each count in the Department of Corrections. The defendant will be sent to the Department of Corrections with the opportunity for release after 120 days with successful completion of an Institutional Drug Treatment Program and if there are no institutional problems during that time.

Troy Fogarty, 33, of Sedalia, entered a guilty plea to three felony counts of stealing. The prosecutor alleged that in early November the defendant committed the thefts at Walmart, Menards and Aaron’s. The defendant was sentenced to four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on each count.

Austin Gruber, 18, of Sedalia, entered pleas of guilty to two felony counts of stealing and two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on each count.

On Sept. 20, 2015, around 1 a.m., the defendant attempted to push a cart containing close to $1,500 worth of merchandise out of Walmart without paying. Later the same day Gruber was apprehended by law enforcement when witnesses identified him as having stolen a portable generator from a local resident. Gruber was found to be in possession of the generator as well as methamphetamine and Clonazepam.

Dwayne Jones, 36, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to two separate felony offenses of driving while intoxicated, the felony offenses of tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest, and the misdemeanor offenses of leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a revoked license.

On Jan. 9, the defendant was involved in a vehicle accident. When officers arrived the defendant fled at a high rate of speed. When Jones was apprehended it was discovered he was intoxicated and the vehicle he was operating was reported stolen out of Benton County.

He was sentenced to the Missouri Department of Corrections for terms of five years on each of the DWI charges and the tampering with a motor vehicle, four years for resisting arrest and a concurrent 30 days on each misdemeanor.

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