Three different defendants received prison sentences as a result of their convictions in Christian County in the month of May.
Republic man sentenced to 10 years in fatal crash
Daniel McLeod, 51, of Republic was sentenced to 10 years in prison for DWI on May 22. Circuit Judge Laura Johnson handed down sentences of 10 years for class B felony DWI, seven years for the class D felony DWI resulting in serious physical injury and one year for the class D felony of DWI with a person less than 17 years of age in the vehicle.
On May 21, 2017, McLeod was involved in a crash on Terrell Valley Drive, just south of Farm Road 194 near Republic. The accident occurred just south of the Christian-Greene county line.
The accident occurred at about 4 a.m., when McLeod reportedly lost control of the car. Shane House, 25, died at the scene. Amanda Medlin, 24, reportedly suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident. According to the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Medlin was five months pregnant at the time of the crash. A third passenger refused medical treatment at the scene.
None of the four occupants of McLeod’s 2012 Dodge Challenger were reportedly wearing seat belts.
Troopers found that McLeod’s blood alcohol content was 0.18 percent, a tenth of a percent above the legal limit of 0.08 specified in Missouri DWI laws.
Meth dealer sentenced to 15 years
On June 21, 2015, Ozark police officers arrested Clayton J. Landrigan, 26, for possession of more than 10 grams of methamphetamine. “Texts on the defendant’s phone indicated he was distributing methamphetamine,” a press release from the prosecuting attorney’s office reads.
Defense attorney Jon Van Arkel asked that Landrigan be sentenced to Christian County’s drug treatment court program. Landrigan instead received the maximum sentence for a class B felony conviction, which is 15 years in prison.
Landrigan was also found to have violated terms of his probation for the class C felony of possession of a controlled substance in a 2013 case. Landrigan was serving a suspended imposition of sentence for the class C felony of possession of a controlled substance. His five year sentence will run concurrent with the 15 years for possession with intent to distribute.
On May 7, Landrigan was also sentenced to 90 days in jail for resisting arrest in a separate case.
Sparta man guilty of third DWI
A two-day trial concluded with a Sparta man being found guilty of his third DWI.
Barry George, 55, was found guilty of driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender, a class E felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. A jury also found George guilty of first degree trespassing, a misdemeanor.
Christian County sheriff’s deputies arrested George on suspicion of driving while intoxicated March 11, 2018, according to online court records. He had a prior conviction for DWI in Greene County in 2007.
Defense attorney Sarah Johnson filed a motion for a new trial on George’s behalf on May 17. George is scheduled to be sentenced on June 25.