Archive for July, 2015
Just minutes before the start of his jury trial, Marcus Corey, 27 of Rolla, decided to plead guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison for Possession of a Controlled Substance. The case was prosecuted by Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney, Brendon Fox.
On November 18, 2014 SPO Shane Switzer was dispatched to a residence on South Hwy 72 for a disturbance. Upon arrival, it was determined that Corey had fled the scene following the fight. He was later located in the 1300 block of Winchester where he was arrested. Switzer then located Percocet in Corey’s pocket for which Corey did not have a prescription.
“SPO Switzer did a great job on this case,” said Fox. “It is unfortunate when a young man throws away his life because of drugs.”
On Friday David Cole Nash, 29, of Rolla, was found guilty of two counts of Domestic Assault in the Second Degree. The trial took place in Pulaski County before Judge Kerry Rowden as Nash exercised his right to change venue. The case was prosecuted by Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney, Brendon Fox.
On July 7, 2012, Nash brutally attacked an ex-girlfriend when he became enraged that she would not let him borrow her car. Nash threw her to the ground and choked her nearly to the point of losing consciousness. Later, after Nash had stopped and seemed to be leaving, he forced his way back inside and tackled the victim, slamming her head into the wall. “I am proud of the victim in this case. Too many victims of domestic violence suffer at the hands of their abusers and don’t come forward. I hope this case will shine a light on the issue and encourage other victims to make the call and seek help,” said Fox.
Mr. Nash is set for sentencing on September 10, 2015. Domestic Assault in the Second Degree is normally a class C felony, but because of Mr. Nash’s prior history he will face up to 15 years imprisonment on each count.
Brendon Fox, the Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney announced that on Monday Joseph Perou, 39, of Rolla, was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for scamming elderly citizens. Previously on June 4, 2015, Perou pleaded guilty to two counts of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly, class B felonies. However, due to 12 prior felony convictions the range of punishment was enhanced.
Beginning in October 2014 and continuing for several weeks, Mr. Perou exploited several local, elderly citizens by promising to complete construction work. Mr. Perou never completed any work but instead ran off with partial payments. He continued exploiting new victims in an attempt to try and pay back previous victims. Mr. Perou was able to scam citizens out of more than $50,000 before he was caught.
“Mr. Perou is the most prolific financial criminal I have ever prosecuted. The number of victims state-wide over the years is staggering,” said Fox. “I find it particularly egregious that he was targeting the elderly, and want to encourage everyone to work together to protect the elderly from predators like Mr. Perou.”