David B. Hufstedler, 55, of Mountain Grove, Missouri, was found guilty last week of two counts of Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree. The trial was heard by Senior Judge D. Gregory Warren, who rendered the verdicts because Hufstedler had waived his right to a jury.
The State’s evidence showed that in 2010 and 2011, Hufstedler had sexually abused a six year old child on two separate occasions. The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Prosecutor John Garrabrant. Phelps County Prosecutor Brendon Fox said, “As a father of young children, I’m very pleased with the guilty verdict. Sgt. Nakanishi with RPD did an excellent investigation and Mr. Garrabrant tried one heck of a case.”
Mr. Hufstedler is set for sentencing on March 12, 2015 and faces from 10 to 30 years, or life imprisonment on each count. Additionally, given the victim’s age, he will have to serve 85% of whatever sentence he receives.
Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney
Brendon Fox, Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney, has announced that Nicholas Chlysta has joined the office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Chlysta, 34, originally of St. Louis, Missouri, is a 2007 graduate of the St. Louis University School of Law.
Mr. Chlysta is a past president and the current secretary of the Phelps County Bar Association. He is serving as an Assistant Prosecutor for the Phelps County Prosecutor’s Office for the second time. During his time away from the Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Chlysta was an associate attorney for the law firm of Steelman, Gaunt & Horsefield where his practice concentrated on civil litigation, worker’s compensation, and criminal defense. In 2014, Mr. Chlysta was selected as one of Missouri’s “Top 40 under 40” trial attorneys practicing in the area of “civil plaintiff law” by the National Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, and is also licensed in the Eastern US District Courts of Missouri.
“We’re very pleased to have Nick join our prosecution team”, said Fox. “He has built a good foundation during his time as an assistant prosecutor and private attorney and I believe will prove himself to be an excellent advocate for the citizens of Phelps County.”