- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- How the story of one dog is helping others (9/14/17)1
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- Eyewitnesses testify about fatal shooting; men were using drugs, alcohol (9/14/17)
- Jury finds Harris guilty of murder, 3 other counts (9/15/17)4
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
Write to judge about sentencing
To the editor:
Jane M. Painton inaccurately wrote in her recent letter that the prosecuting attorney was not seeking any jail time for Eric Lee Ford, who pleaded guilty to felony animal abuse for killing a cat.
In fact, Ford may well receive up to 60 days in the county jail under his plea agreement. My office agreed he would receive probation, but a judge has the power to give him up to 60 days in jail as shock detention as a condition of probation in a felony case.
When I spoke to the Missourian reporter about this case, I said I expected my office to ask for some shock time but added that the shock time was not "set in stone," because all conditions of probation are always up to the judge, not the prosecutor. I told the reporter that Ford could end up receiving up to 60 days in jail. That comment did not make it into the news story, so it is understandable why Painton and others came to their mistaken conclusion.
I would encourage anyone who wants to see the defendant get county jail time as a condition of probation to write to Circuit Judge David Dolan, P.O. Box 256, Charleston, Mo. 63736-2056. The letter should urge the judge to impose such a condition. Ford's sentencing is set for Sept. 13, so any letters need to be received well before that date.
H. MORLEY SWINGLE, Prosecuting Attorney, Cape Girardeau County, Jackson