|Kenny Lynn Dean (mug shot CCSO)|
A former Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper is headed to prison after violating his parole for assaulting his wife.
Thirty three year-old Kenny Lynn Dean, who was assigned to Troop D (southwest Missouri) from January of '01 to March of '04, was charged last June with kidnapping, burglary and beating up his estranged wife Tracy in Christian County. Those charges were amended to second degree domestic assault, which he pleaded guilty to on February 18th of this year, and was placed on 5 years probation.
Christian County chief assistant prosecutor Chris Lebeck says that after Dean was released from the Christian County jail he went to Tracy Dean's home in Nixa and held her against her will for at least 24 hours. A family member called authorities after they had not heard from the woman.
As police officers arrived at Tracy Dean's home they found her running to a neighbor's house for help. Officers attempted to apprehend Dean, who fled in a vehicle and led officers on a high speed chase, "But he wasn't havin' any part of that and sped up," according to Nixa police Detective Jason Hartsell.
Dean's former colleagues and officers with the Ozark police department assisted in the chase that ended at 2405 W. Westwind Drive in Ozark after the vehicle Dean was driving was disabled by spike strips. Dean then bolted from his vehicle and attempted to steal a pickup truck parked in the driveway. Unsuccessful, he ran into the open garage of strangers and picked up a large metal object and assaulted Trooper Scott Rice and Ozark police officer Tim Fielden.
Dean also pleaded guilty last week to two counts of second degree assault of a law enforcement officer and one count of burglary. He will be sentenced on those charges on August 12th.
Dean was also sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding a secured creditor and was sentenced to four years in prison on that charge which will be served concurrent (at the same time) to the five year sentence.
In February of 2009 Stone County prosecutor Matt Selby charged Dean with first-degree domestic assault, second-degree felonious restraint and second-degree domestic assault and endangering the welfare of a child after Dean allegedly kidnapped Tracy Dean from their Highlandville home and beat her up at several places in Stone County before bringing her to her mother's home in Riverfork Ranch and holding both women against their will there. That assault left Tracy Dean with bleeding on her brain and a fractured wrist.
He is scheduled to stand trial on the Stone County Charges in August of this year.