In The Courts, Nov. 21, 2009

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Posted: Saturday, November 21, 2009 12:00 pm

K.C. man receives

10-year sentence

Kimoni L. Russell, 34, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and armed criminal action and received a 10-year sentence Thursday in Buchanan County Circuit Court.

The Kansas City man admitted driving Walter Ross, 50, to and from the Burger King at 715 E. Highland Ave., for a robbery in November 2007. Mr. Ross, who pleaded guilty in September, admitted to brandishing a .38 caliber revolver at the Burger King before taking money from the register.

Judge Dan Kellogg followed the plea agreement and sentenced Mr. Russell to 10 years on each felony count, for the defendant to serve at the same time.

Puckett pleads guilty to pair of robbery charges

Mark S. Puckett Jr. returned to Buchanan County Circuit Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to two separate counts of second-degree robbery. Judge Dan Kellogg sentenced the defendant to 10 years in one case and five in the other - to be served at the same time.

Mr. Puckett, 23, already pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors and two felonies in Buchanan County prior to Thursday. His most recent pleas stem from incidents last January and then in August.

On Jan. 11, Mr. Puckett said he asked for a ride to a gas station from "acquaintances of acquaintances." The defendant said that once in the car, he produced a gun and stole the vehicle. That crime netted him the 10-year sentence. Then, on Aug. 24, Mr. Puckett tried to steal a bottle of liquor from the North Belt Wal-Mart. After getting caught, Mr. Puckett said he hit one of the security officers.

In regard to Mr. Puckett's previous criminal history, Ron Holliday, the first assistant to the prosecutor, told the judge, "I believe you are familiar with Mr. Puckett, your honor."

Judge Kellogg followed the plea agreement in this case. The range for each charge was five to 15 years in prison.

St. Joseph man pleads guilty

to delivering meth

Garon T. Reynolds, 26, pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance - a class B felony - on Thursday in Buchanan County Circuit Court.

The St. Joseph man admitted selling three-fourths of a gram of methamphetamine to an informant at the Love's Travel Stop off Interstate 29 and South U.S. Highway 169 in July. Judge Dan Kellogg will sentence the defendant on Jan. 5.

Jury trial date set in sodomy case

Kyle Weldon, 19, pleaded not guilty to statutory sodomy, statutory rape and child molestation - all felonies - on Thursday in Buchanan County Circuit Court.

The St. Joseph man's three-day jury trial is set for May 3. Mr. Weldon, who is free on bond, allegedly molested a 4-year-old girl last spring.

Wilson receives

3-year sentence for burglary

Edward W. Wilson, 27, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary on Thursday and received a three-year sentence in Buchanan County Circuit Court.

Mr. Wilson admitted to kicking in a door at an apartment complex on South Riverside Road in July and hitting a woman in the head. The St. Joseph man still faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance in an unrelated incident. His trial setting in that case will be next Monday.

The burglary and possession charges are class C felonies, while the delivery charge is a class B felony.

Compiled by R.J. Cooper, who can be reached at

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