August 1, 2002

Jury Seated But Not Needed As Plea Agreement Ends Trial

Prospective jurors went through the selection process July 22 in the Scotland County Circuit Court and a jury was seated and sworn in but the lunch break was the only official action taken by the group. As the court returned to session at 1:00 p.m. Ralls County Judge Gary Wallace announced a plea agreement had been entered by the defendant, Bradley Gregory, and the special prosecutor in the case, Assistant Attorney General Richard Hicks.

Gregory, 18, of Memphis, was on trial for the class C felony of sexual assault stemming from a December 10, 2000 incident in Scotland County when he allegedly had sexual relations with a juvenile without her consent.

After the plea agreement was announced the jury was discharged and the court conducted a hearing on the record where Gregory withdrew his previous plea of not guilty and changed his plea to guilty.

The court ordered a pre-sentencing investigation. Gregory was bound over until the sentencing hearing August 28. He was ordered to continue the same curfew, only leaving his mother's home between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to attend work. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family.

A class C felony is punishable under Missouri law by one to seven years in the Department of Corrections or up to one year in the county jail and/or up to a $5,000 fine.

On June 19, a 20-year-old Memphis man was sentenced in the same case. Danny J. (D.J.) Frederick, Jr. pled guilty to charges of class C felony sexual assault, class C felony abuse of a child, and class C felony promoting a sexual performance by a child. He was sentenced to five years in the MDC on each charge with the terms to run concurrently.

The Frederick case was heard by Judge Robert Clayton in Ralls County Circuit Court on a change of venue.

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