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Parole absconder picked up by deputies after long history of court no-shows
Parole absconder picked up by deputies after long history of court no-shows

Benjamin P. Weiprecht

PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Sept. 10, 2012) — A parole absconder, Benjamin Paul Wieprecht, 28, of Waynesville, was picked up Saturday by sheriff’s deputies. Call records show that deputies requested assistance at 6:05 p.m. Saturday to serve Weiprecht a warrant on Harvey Street in St. Robert, where he was arrested at 6:14 p.m. Sheriff J.B. King said he was arrested without incident.

According to court records, Weiprecht has a history of failing to appear in court, most recently on April 6, 2009, when he failed to appear in Maries County for a Class C felony case of child abuse filed on Feb. 14, 2008, by Waynesville police, after the case was transferred to Maries County by mutual consent between Weiprecht and the Pulaski County prosecutor at the time, Deborah Hooper. Weiprecht pleaded guilty on June 1, 2009, was sentenced to five years in state prison, and as recently as June 25, 2010, had his petition for judicial parole denied by Circuit Judge Tracy Storie.

Wieprecht, then 18 years old, pleaded guilty on March 5, 2004 to second-degree burglary and stealing, both Class C felonies, for taking a pistol and three shotguns from a Waynesville man’s home worth a total of $1,050. He received a suspended imposition of sentence for five years with numerous conditions including payment of $561 victim restitution, $46 court costs, and 80 hours of community service, with credit for 60 days shock time already served in the Pulaski County Jail. He could have received up to seven years in state prison and a $5,000 fine, but the prosecutor at the time, Laura Kreibs, recommended no sentence if Wieprecht completed his five years of supervised probation.

The charges stemmed from a Nov. 26, 2002, incident in which Wieprecht entered a Waynesville home. Less than a year later, and barely five months after Associate Circuit Judge John Wiggins had granted Wieprecht’s suspended imposition of sentence, the judge revoked the suspension on Aug. 13, 2003, for his admitted failure to report to his probation officer and sentenced him to three years in state prison. Court records show he also failed to complete community service, failed to attend substance abuse counseling, and used marijuana while on probation.

That wasn’t Weiprecht’s first problem with the law that year.

On the same date of March 5, 2003, Weiprecht pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense of driving while intoxicated on Oct. 27, 2002, at the junction of Highway H and Interstate 44, and was sentenced to 37 days of shock time already served in the Pulaski County Jail and $1,217.50 fine and court costs. Weiprecht failed to pay that fine, and an arrest warrant was issued for him on June 20.

Weiprecht’s offenses continued, and on Jan. 18, 2005, Circuit Judge Tracy Storie ordered his arrest for failure to pay fines and court costs of $1,308.50 on a Feb. 26, 2004 guilty plea to a Class A misdemeanor of possession of a controlled substance. By that time, Weiprecht was already incarcerated in the Booneville Correctional Center on other charges. That controlled substance charge stemmed from Weiprecht’s arrest on July 20, 2002, in the parking lot of a lawyer’s office in St. Robert, where police found Weiprecht and another person with what court records described as “a full bottle of beer” in the back seat as well as a purple Crown Royal bag with 15 individually wrapped bags of marijuana weighing about 75 grams, along with electronic scales and three plastic bags.

Weiprecht was also ordered to pay child support of $201 per month on Sept. 14, 2006 for a child born in March of that year. He married the child’s mother on April 5, 2008, separated from her on June 20, 2011, and on July 13, 2011, filed for divorce from her stating that he had been a resident of the Missouri Department of Corrections for three years.

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