By Don Groves
The Albany Ledger
Three people facing motion to revoke charges in separate cases were allowed to continue their probation March 6 during Gentry County Law Day.
Felicia D. McLean, Dakota J. Slagle and William T. Hann III all agreed to meet conditions ordered by Judge Roger M. Prokes.
McLean, 28, waived her right to an attorney and admitted to stealing from Wal-Mart in St. Joseph and using crack cocaine. She pleaded guilty in April 2012 to Class D felony attempted tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree.
“When I got out I started using drugs,” she told Prokes. “I was struggling to support my habit and started stealing.”
McLean said she had gotten pregnant and “don’t want to go back to prison.” She
said she has been attending the Comprehensive Substance Treatment and Rehabilitation Program three days a week.
Gentry County prosecutor Jerry Biggs said he was willing to allow her to continue the CSTAR Program and see how well she’s progressing in a few months.
“I’m for the treatment program,” Biggs said.
Prokes told McLean to continue the CSTAR Program, start attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings twice a week and return to court May 9.
“I’m a pretty strong believer in the 12-Step Program,” Prokes said.
Slagle also waived his right to an attorney and admitted to using marijuana on Jan. 11.
“It was just a mistake … It was something that I shouldn’t have done,” he said.
Slagle pleaded guilty to Class C felony tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree in June 2012 after he was found with a stolen ATV.
Biggs said part of Slagle’s plea agreement was that he was ordered to obtain his GED but Slagle has yet to complete it. Biggs said he would allow Slagle to continue his probation if he would complete his GED. Prokes continued his probation to April 4.
“Once you get a decent education it will be easier to get a decent job,” Prokes said.
Hann, who arrived in court about an hour after his case was first called, first told Prokes he was late because he didn’t know how long it took to get from St. Joseph to Albany. Prokes challenged Hann on not knowing how long it took to get to Albany and Hann back pedaled and admitted he was late because of vehicle problems. Prokes told him honesty would bring better results in court than lame excuses and continued his probation to April 10.
Hann pleaded guilty in October 2010 to Class C felony receiving stolen property after he was found with computers that had been stolen from the Stanberry R-II School District.
Elizabeth Gladstone, 31, of Bethany waived formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty to two counts of Class C felony assault on a police officer in the second degree.
The Nov. 6 charges filed by Biggs say Gladstone assaulted two law enforcement officers “by biting, scratching or kicking.”
Gladstone was arrested in October following a traffic stop in Gentry.
According to an Oct. 19 probable cause statement by Trooper B. Hilliard, Gladstone drove away from him during an investigation and wrecked the vehicle she was driving.
“I stopped a vehicle in Gentry, Missouri, for a lane and registration violation,” Hilliard says in his statement. “The driver of the vehicle was Chris Bottcher and the passenger of the vehicle was Elizabeth Gladstone. Bottcher and Gladstone were both intoxicated. While admitting sobriety tests to the driver, I observed Gladstone get out of the vehicle and fall down. Gladstone then attempted to urinate on the ground and fell down the hill. As I was getting ready to place the driver in handcuffs, Gladstone got into the driver’s seat and left the scene. I followed the vehicle with my patrol lights and siren activated. I observed the vehicle travel northbound in the southbound lane for a long period of time. The vehicle turned onto County Road 250th. After approximately 600 feet, the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, hit a fence and destroyed approximately fifty feet of fence before striking a hedge post and stopping.”
Gladstone’s next scheduled court appearance is May 9.
Aaron M. Milligan, 30, of Independence also waived formal arraignment and entered a not guilty plea to Class C felony possession of a controlled substance. Milligan was charged in July with possession of Alprazolam and Clonzepam. His next scheduled court appearance is June 5.
Hunter R. Sweat, 18, of Albany pleaded guilty to Class C felony distribution of a controlled substance, less than 5 grams of marijuana. Prokes said he would accept the plea agreement subject to review of a sentencing assessment report. Sentencing is scheduled for April 10.