Callaway County Court Activity Between October 12th & 15th

The following cases were heard on or between October 12 and October 15, 2021, in the Circuit Court of Callaway County, Missouri, Division III, Honorable Kevin Crane presiding:

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

Joshua Lane Cochran, 24, of Montgomery City, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and felony unlawful use of a weapon.  Cochran admitted that he struck the male victim in the face during an altercation at a Fulton business in September 2020.  Cochran also admitted that he exhibited a handgun that was tucked in his waistband during the incident.  The judge sentenced Cochran to 15 days in jail for the misdemeanor assault and placed him on five years of supervised probation for the weapon offense.  The case was investigated by the Fulton Police Department.

Gerald Malik Gleason, 23, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to felony resisting a lawful stop.  Gleason admitted that he fled in an automobile from a deputy sheriff that attempted to stop him for an equipment violation.  Gleason admitted that he fled along U.S. Highway 54 and State Road F, traveling at speeds in excess of 20 miles per hour over the speed limit, driving into the oncoming lane of traffic, all while failing to yield to a marked patrol vehicle with activated emergency lights and siren.  Gleason abandoned the vehicle along State Road F and fled on foot before being apprehended by law enforcement officers.  The judge sentenced Gleason to 4 years in prison.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Sonny Keith McCance, 45, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (heroin).  McCance admitted that he possessed the drug in January 2021 when the vehicle he was driving was stopped for a registration violation.  During the course of the stop, McCance admitted that he possessed a syringe that contained heroin.  The judge placed McCance on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

James Patrick Myers, 37, of Kimberling City, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

James Daniel Vaughn, 42, of Holts Summit, pleaded guilty to two counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  Vaughn admitted that he failed to notify the Callaway County Sheriff within three days of his change of residence in December 2020.  Vaughn also admitted that he failed to update his registration in January 2020 as required by law.  Vaughn is required to register as a sex offender based on his conviction for forcible rape in Callaway County in 2007.  The judge sentenced Vaughn to 4 years in prison for the offenses but suspended execution of the sentences and placed him on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Kyle Allan Warden, 32, of Fulton, failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The following cases were heard on October 18, 2021, in the Circuit Court of Callaway County, Missouri, Division I, Honorable Brouck Jacobs presiding:

Timmothy Lee Branch, 40, of Holts Summit, pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender.  Branch admitted that he failed to notify the Callaway County Sheriff within three days of his change of residence in January 2020.  Branch is required to register as a sex offender based on his conviction for statutory rape in the first degree in Callaway County in 2004.  The judge sentenced Branch to 3 years in prison but suspended execution of that sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Bryan Andrew Elkins, 33, of Fulton, pleaded guilty to felony leaving the scene of an accident and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.  Elkins admitted that he was operating a vehicle on West Chestnut in Fulton while he was under the influence of alcohol.  Elkins also admitted that he struck a parked vehicle on West Chestnut and then left the scene of that crash by fleeing on foot.  A deputy sheriff witnessed the incident and apprehended Elkins after a short pursuit.  The judge sentenced Elkins to 10 days in the county jail for the DWI offense. The judge also sentenced Elkins to 4 years in prison for the leaving the scene of an accident offense but suspended execution of that sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation under several conditions, including that he pay restitution to the victim and successfully complete the Callaway County DWI Court program.  The case was investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Samuel Joseph Schroeder, 29, of Holts Summit, was sentenced to 2 years in prison for the offense of domestic assault in the third degree.  Schroeder was charged with knowingly causing physical pain to the female victim by pulling her hair and throwing her down during a domestic disturbance this past February.  A Callaway County jury found Schroeder guilty of the offense following a one-day trial held this past August.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mandi Roberson with assistance from Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Risa Perkins.  The case was investigated by the Holts Summit Police Department.

Lisa Marie Walker, 28, of Climax Springs, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).  Walker had been on probation for the offense, admitted violating probation, and the judge revoked it.  The case was originally investigated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Ramondo Cortez Williams, 43, of Fulton, pleaded guilty to felony unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor domestic assault in the fourth degree.  Williams admitted that in August 2021, he displayed a knife in an angry and threatening manner and placed the female victim in apprehension of immediate physical injury by threatening to burn down her house while she was in it.  The judge sentenced Williams to 180 days in jail for the misdemeanor domestic assault offense.  The judge also sentenced Williams to 4 years in prison for the weapon offense and recommended that he complete a substance abuse treatment program within the Department of Corrections before being considered for release.  The case was investigated by the Holts Summit Police Department.

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