November 17, 2014
On Monday, November 17, 2014, in the Circuit Court of Christian County, Senior Judge William Roberts found RONALD L. STODDARD, d/o/b 6-10-1960, of Rockaway Beach, Missouri, guilty of two (2) counts of the class B felony of distribution of a controlled substance. Judge Roberts presided over a bench trial that began Monday morning and lasted into the early afternoon, during which Assistant Taney County Prosecutor Thomas Kondro represented the State of Missouri. The case had been transferred to Christian County on a change of venue motion.
The Taney County Prosecutor’s Office charged that on March 6, 2013, and March 13, 2013, Stoddard gave Xanax pills to an confidential informant and a narcotics investigator with the C.O.M.E.T. drug task force. Testimony was presented that these crimes were committed during a time when Stoddard was working as a bail bondsman in Taney County, and that one of the illegal transactions occurred in the parking lot of the Taney County Judicial Center.
Each count of the class B felony of distribution of a controlled substance carries a range of punishment from five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Senior Judge Roberts set Stoddard’s sentencing for January 20, 2015.
November 7, 2014
On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, a judgment was issued by Senior Judge Carr Woods finding GERALD W. MOGAN, d/o/b 2-23-1970, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, guilty of the class D felony of attempted misconduct with a child involving indecent exposure and the unclassified felony of attempted enticement of a child. The judgment followed a bench trial held on September 17, 2014, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, where the State of Missouri was represented by Assistant Taney County Prosecutor Tony Brown.
Between July 7, 2010, and August 12, 2010, Mogan engaged in email correspondence with Detective Nina Welch, of the Taney County Sheriff’s Office, while Detective Welch was posing online as a 13-year-old girl. Mogan attempted to convince the Detective – whom Mogan believed to be a 13-year-old – to sneak out of the house to engage in sexual contact with him. Mogan also exposed his genitals to the undercover officer via webcam on more than one occasion.
Judge Woods scheduled Mogan’s sentencing for January 13, 2015.
November 4, 2014
On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, a four (4) man, eight (8) woman Taney County jury found JAMES W. WIKLUND, d/o/b 3-28-1975, guilty of seven (7) felonies, after a day-and-a-half of trial. The jury deliberated in the Circuit Court of Taney County for just less than thirty (30) minutes before reaching unanimous verdicts of guilty on the felony charges of burglary in the first degree, assault in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, armed criminal action, tampering in the first degree, and two (2) counts of kidnapping. Senior Judge Carr Woods scheduled Wiklund’s sentencing for January 13, 2015.
Wiklund’s co-defendant, Jonathan Hill, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on October 23, 2014. Hill received a sentence of twenty-five (25) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, pursuant to a plea agreement.
“My thanks goes to the Taney County Sheriff’s Office, the deputies and detectives, for the quick response and effort in conducting this investigation,” said Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell. “The victims were helpful and cooperative at every turn, and I thank them for their patience while the wheels of justice turned slowly.”
The felony charges stemmed from a home invasion that took place on December 28, 2012, in Ridgedale, Missouri. Wiklund was arrested on the morning of December 29, 2012, and has remained in custody awaiting his trial.
October 29, 2014
I write this not as your elected prosecuting attorney, but as a fellow Taney County citizen, as a fellow Missourian, and as a father. The following is a summary of true events, about a real person, that illustrates the importance of your “yes” vote on Amendment 2, November 4th:
This editorial was recently published in the Taney County Times.
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