11/28/2016: According to court proceedings, Michael Ritchhart withdraws his plea of not guilty, and enters a new plea of guilty. The court acknoledged the defendant has full understanding of his rights. The court finds him guilty of:
Ritchhart will serve five years of supervised probation.
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8/25/2014: On 8-24-2014 at approximately 7:00 AM, Jasper County Deputies received a call for a medical assist at 11705 Thorn Rd. in Jasper Missouri. Upon arrival Deputies found a female inside who had been assaulted with injuries to her face, hands, legs and feet. The female was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.
During the investigation, it appears the female had been kidnapped from her residence in the North part of the county on 8-22-2014, and taken to the address on Thorn Road in Jasper.
It also appears that the suspect is the ex-boyfriend of the victim and she had a protection order against him at the time of the incident.
On 8-25-2014, the suspect was located and arrested and is currently in custody at the Jasper County Sheriff's Office Detention Center awaiting the filing of formal charges.
Michael L. Ritchhart, 49, of Jasper was arrested for Kidnapping, 2nd degree domestic assault and Violation of a protection order. The investigation is ongoing and more charges may arise from this incident.