UPDATED: Convicted Killer "Maverick" Busted For Impersonating Cop In Stone County; Girlfriend Asks For Order Of Protection:
A man from Indian Point who was charged with capital murder in the '70's and convicted of manslaughter has been busted for impersonating a law enforcement official in Stone County.
Stone County Sheriff Richard Hill says that Mark Sager, 48, aka "Maverick", lives on a houseboat at Indian Point and alleges that the man told several law enforcers and other people in the community that he was an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Hill says that, " 'Maverick' had a retired police vehicle that he outfitted with lights, sirens and two way radio communications. He explained that although retired, he kept his car ready to assist where needed, and carried a firearm as protection from people he had dealt with in the past. He would also walk around the marina with an exposed weapon, handcuffs, pager, phone and a spare magazine on his belt."
According to Hill, " 'Maverick' would back up law enforcement officers on different occasions by arriving at the scene of a traffic stop or a call for service. As Stone County Deputies interacted with 'Maverick' more frequently, they became suspicious." When he showed up to assist officers on a traffic stop on June 13th in Indian Point they decided it was time to run a criminal background check on him.
The background check revealed that "Maverick's" real name is Mark Edward Sager. Sager was originally from the Platte County Area in Northern Kansas City. In 1977, when he was seventeen years-old, Sager was arrested on a capital murder charge for the September 2, 1977, death of 14 year-old Julie Wittmeyer.
A Boone County jury had a problem with some of the/or lack of evidence and conflicting expert testimony presented at trial and convicted Sager of manslaughter. Sager remained free on bond for a year while lawyers filed appeals on the mans behalf....a move that infuriated and divided the community.
After his appeals were heard and denied, Sager was sent to prison to serve his ten year sentence. He was released on parole after serving five years behind bars.
Sager has been charged with False Impersonation of a Law Enforcement Officer, which is a misdemeanor, and has bonded out of the Stone County jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on that charge on July 14th.
Captain Tim Gideon of the Stone County Sheriffs office says that deputies are actively working with agents from the ATF to see if the allegations against Sager warrant any federal charges. Additional charges in Stone County are expected to be filed against Sager on Friday.
An order of protection was filed against Sager (06-23-09) in Greene County today by a Greene County woman who says she is Sager's girlfriend. According to court documents, the woman filed the request when she learned of the allegations against Sager. That request was denied because the woman alleges incidents happened in Stone County therefore Greene County does not have jurisdiction in the complaint.
News Release from the Stone County Sheriff's Department:
In the early months of 2009 an individual known as "Maverick" befriended several law enforcement officials in Stone County.
"Maverick" lives on a boat at the Indian Point Marina and openly spoke about his past as a retired A.T.F. agent throughout the community.
"Maverick" had a retired police vehicle that he outfitted with lights, sirens and two way radio communications. He explained that although retired, he kept his car ready to assist where needed, and carried a firearm as protection from people he had dealt with in the past. He would also walk around the marina with an exposed weapon, handcuffs, pager, phone and a spare magazine on his belt.
"Maverick" would "back up" law enforcement officers on different occasions by arriving on scene of a traffic stop or a call for service. As Stone County Deputies interacted with "Maverick" more frequently, they became suspicious and ran a criminal background check.
"Maverick" was identified as Mark Sager from the Platte County Area in Northern Kansas City. A criminal records check revealed that Mark Sager was arrested for Capital Murder in 1977 and was convicted of Manslaughter for the murder of a 14 year old girl when he was 17 years of age.
Mark Sager, white male 48 years of age, was arrested on June 22, 2009 at the Indian Point Marina. At the time of arrest he was wearing a makeshift duty belt as described earlier. It was determined that the weapon was an Airsoft Glock Pistol.
Mark Sager has been charged with False Impersonation of a Law Enforcement Officer, a Class A Misdemeanor, and his bond has been set at $5,000 cash or surety.
The investigation continues.