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Cowgill Sentenced

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Kenton Cowgill took a plea deal in Jasper County. The Court, therefore, accepts the plea of guilty to the charge of Unlawful Use of a weapon a class D felony and finds the Defendant guilty thereof. Defendant requests a sentencing assessment report. Defendant waives right to SAR. The plea agreement is accepted. Allocution is granted.

Suspended 4 year prison sentence for 5 years of probation. Court costs to also be paid.

Originally charged with:

3 counts domestic assault

2 counts armed criminal action

1 count of unlawful use of weapon

On November 19th, 2012 at 11:20 am, Deputies were called to Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital in Carthage in reference to patients with gunshot wounds.

Jasper County Deputies responded and found a 2 year old female and 4 year old male with injuries sustained from a shotgun. During the investigation Deputies learned there had been a Domestic assault at 9155 CL 173 in Carthage, Mo.

The Domestic assault was between Mr. Kenton C. Cowgill Jr and his wife Mrs. Shayna N. Cowgill with Mrs. Cowgill sustaining injuries to her face. A short time later, Mr. Mark L. Wittenmyer, the father of Mrs. Cowgill, confronted MR. Kenton Cowgill Jr at 9190 CL 173 in Carthage. During their confrontation, it is alleged that Mr. Cowgill Jr brandished a shotgun and the two men began to struggle. The shotgun discharged and struck the two children in the face and upper torso area.

The two children were taken to a Springfield hospital where they are recovering with non-life threatening injuries.

Arrested were Kenton C. Cowgill Jr, 27, of Carthage, Mo. And Mark L. Wittenmyer, 48, of Carthage, Mo. Both men were arrested for Domestic Assault (felony) and the Charges have been sent to the Prosecutors Office for review.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges and arrests are possible.

The Charges for which Cowgill Jr and Whittenmyer were arrested are mere accusations and should not be considered guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


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