CROCKER, Mo. (June 6, 2012) — A Crocker man who pleaded guilty last summer to shooting a visiting family’s pet dog in the rear end on Christmas Day faces possible revocation of his probation for failure to comply with the probation terms, including payment of more than $4,000 in victim restitution for the dog’s veterinary bills.
A Crocker man, John Davis-Raikes, pleaded guilty to shooting this dog on Christmas Day, 2010
Circuit Judge Tracy Storie granted a request Wednesday by the public defender’s office that John Davis Raikes, 28, have a probation violation hearing on Aug. 8. According to documents filed May 2 by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Dean Matthews, despite pleading guilty on July 11of last year to the Class A misdemeanor of animal abuse with a suspended county jail sentence of 90 days, Davis-Raikes violated his probation y failing to pay the court-ordered restitution.
An earlier document filed March 3 by probation officials shows that Davis-Raikes also failed to pay his program fees, didn’t complete the required 16 hours per month of community service as directed, and failed to complete the total number of community service hours by the require d date. However, those accusations aren’t included in the prosecutor’s request to revoke Davis-Raikes’ probation.
This isn’t the first time Davis-Raikes has come before the court for failure to pay. He admitted in court on Feb. 29 that he hadn’t made restitution as ordered; the judge ordered him to “serve 20 days of shock time with credit for time served” but continued on probation with the original terms and conditions. That followed an earlier arrest warrant issued for Davis-Raikes on Feb. 8 when he failed to appear in court on Feb. 8 and earlier on Nov. 28 to face accusations that he’d violated the terms of his probation.
Davis-Raikes had agreed in court on July 11 of last year to pay $4,270 in victim restitution at the rate of $200 per month in return for a guilty plea to the reduced charge of misdemeanor animal abuse.
Storie had imposed a 90-day suspended sentence, two years probation, and restitution including $4,270.60 to the dog owner for medical expenses and $300 to the County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund. Davis-Raikes was originally charged with one Class A misdemeanor charge of animal abuse, one Class D felony charge of property damage, and an uncategorized felony charge of armed criminal action for the incident investigated on Christmas Day, 2010, by the Crocker Police Department. The maximum penalty on the felony charge would have been four years in state prison or a $5,000 fine; on the misdemeanor animal abuse charge, Davis-Raikes could have spent up to a year in the county jail and paid a $1,000 fine, but if he’s jailed on misdemeanor charges, the county will have to pay the cost for all jail time with no state reimbursement.
“Part of the reason the prosecution has agreed to the misdemeanor is the extensive restitution,” Pulaski County Prosecutor Kevin Hillman said when Davis-Raikes was sentenced last year.
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