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Law Day cases for May 6

May 15, 2013

The following felony cases were heard during the May 6 Law Day docket:


• Drew Abney, 17, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to burglary and stealing, admitting he was one of three people who broke into a home on South Osage Avenue July 26. After the defendant first paid restitution, he was placed on probation for five years with requirements that he serve 90 days of shock detention and have no contact with his two codefendants.


• Justin Cartwright, 29, of Green Ridge, pleaded guilty to possession of meth. Green Ridge Police Officer Jason Atwood stopped the defendant for driving while revoked July 16 and then found meth and a variety of prescription pills in his possession. He was sentenced to serve seven years in prison.


• Calvin Duncan, 28, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to two residential burglaries and numerous thefts from motor vehicles spanning four months ending in late December. An investigation by the Sedalia Police Department and the Pettis County Sheriff’s Department led to the defendant’s arrest and the recovery of some of the stolen property. The defendant was sentenced to serve five years in prison.


• Benjamin Hinsberger, 26, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of second degree assault. He was arrested Feb. 17 after a disturbance at Dukes and Boots during which the defendant displayed a pocket knife and caused minor injuries to an employee and a patron. On the assault charges, he was placed on probation for five years with requirements that he pay restitution for medical bills incurred by one of the victims and that he not return to the business. On the weapons offense, he was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail.


• Stephen Lappat, 24, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to drug charges arising from arrests on Oct. 18 and Feb. 21. On both dates, SPD Officer Michael Elwood found drug paraphernalia with meth residue in the defendant’s possession. Execution of five year sentences was suspended and the defendant was placed on probation for five years with requirements that he serve 90 days of shock detention and perform 120 hours of community service work.


• Cary Longie, 39, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of meth, a charge arising from a Jan. 5 arrest by SPD Officer Michael Elwood. After arresting the defendant for a municipal ordinance violation, the officer found meth in his pocket. The defendant was sentenced to serve five years in prison and the state dropped allegations that the defendant was a prior offender.


• Cody Loveless, 23, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to serve seven years in prison. The Sedalia Police Department’s STING Unit found a small amount of meth in the defendant’s possession when a search warrant was served Jan. 16 on South Quincy Avenue. The defendant told officers he sometimes sold meth so he could use the drug himself.


• Bradley Luetjen, 34, of Ionia, pleaded guilty to forgery, possession of a controlled substance and driving while revoked. SPD Officer Bradley Arnold arrested the defendant Dec. 23 for expired plates. The officer then saw that the license plate had been altered, learned that the defendant’s operator’s license was revoked and found meth residue in a pipe. Execution of a seven year sentence was suspended and the defendant was placed on probation for five years with requirements that he serve 60 days as shock detention and perform 120 hours of community service work.


• Michael Ollison, 38, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to violating the sex offender registration law. The defendant registered with the Pettis County Sheriff’s Department on Oct.2, but when Pettis County Sheriff’s Capt. Sam Hargrave checked the next day, the defendant was not residing at his reported address. The defendant was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail.


• Jesse Roberts, 19, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, admitting he had a small amount of meth in his pocket when arrested Feb. 11 by a Sedalia Police Officer. He was placed on probation for five years with requirements that he serve 60 days as shock detention, perform 120 hours of community service work, and consent to a search of his person, home or vehicle any time an officer requests.


• Serena Sundberg, 33, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of meth, a charge stemming from a March 3 arrest by the Sedalia Police Department’s STING Unit. She was sentenced to serve five years in prison and placed in the Institutional Treatment Program.


• Jimmy Torres, 52, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and driving while revoked. SPD Officer Michael Elwood stopped the defendant for a traffic violation March 7 and learned his driving privileges were revoked. A search disclosed two baggies with meth. The defendant’s prior convictions, including six driving while revoked convictions, made this offense a felony. He was sentenced to serve five years in prison.