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Joseph Bradley Garrison (mug shot SCSO)


Two men who took part in a residential burglary in Stone County last November have been sentenced to prison.
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Joseph Bradley  Garrison, 34, of Hollister, and Dustin Pierce Locke, 29, of Springfield, were with three other people when a house off Highway 13 was being burglarized,
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At preliminary hearings held last month for Christina Compton and William Ritter, the owner of the house, David Pinkley, told the court that he received a call from a neighbor that there were suspicious vehicles and people on the property in Lampe that he had inherited from his father. The neighbor told Pinkley that hoods to vehicles had been raised and people were inside the house.
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When Pinkley arrived, he found a large window had been broken out of the house and windows and steering columns to an SUV, a tow truck and another vehicle had been tampered with.
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Pinkley said Ritter's blue pickup truck was "teetering on the edge" of a seldom used road and the suspects were attempting to use chains connected to a mini van to try and pull the vehicle to a safer place.
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As he entered the house, he noticed that bar stools and miscellaneous things had been taken from inside and placed near a carport. Authorities allegedly found Compton attempting to hide under some clothing inside the house when she was apprehended.
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Ritter told authorities that he had been given permission from "Chrissy" to collect firewood on the property. Authorities found a multi tool engraved with the name D. Pinkley inside Ritter's vehicle, according to testimony. They also found a glass pipe with with residue and a bag with a sledge hammer, cutting snips , gloves and miscellaneous tools in the vehicle as well.
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Stone County Prosecuting Attorney, Matt Selby, charged Garrison with burglary for entering the house unlawfully for the purpose of stealing and tampering with a vehicle located at the house. Garrison also gave false names to investigators and signed his booking information with a false name, which led to forgery charges against him, according to Selby.
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Selby said that he asked for the lengthy prison sentence for Garrison, sentence because he "has been in trouble before, was out on bond on the drug charge at the time he committed the burglary, and it is obvious that he is not likely to change his ways. He is a danger to society and I am pleased that Judge Goodman followed our recommendation and gave Mr. Garrison a lengthy sentence." Garrison also received a seven year sentence for the forgery and a five year sentence on a pending drug possession charge. Those sentences will be served concurrently (at the same time.)


Dustin Pierce Locke (mug shot SCSO)

Locke, was sentenced to dual sentences of seven years for burglary and tampering, which will also be served concurrently.
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Ritter and Compton are due back in court next month. Another defendant, Michael Slous, is awaiting his preliminary hearing.
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Selby added that “the neighbor who reported the crime should be recognized for being aware of things going on in her neighborhood and reporting the suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately. Her actions are what led to these criminals being caught and prosecuted.”

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