Posted: Aug 19, 2014 5:46 PM by Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
Updated: Aug 19, 2014 6:52 PM
JEFFERSON CITY - A man set to be tried Tuesday will serve 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to several sex charges.
Brett Courtney, of Jefferson City, was supposed to stand trial Tuesday, but moments before the jury was brought in, his counsel announced he wanted to change his not guilty plea to guilty.
Courtney was charged with attempted rape, two counts of forcible sodomy and armed criminal action after a July 9, 2012 sexual assault.
Authorities said Courtney broke into a home on St. Louis Drive in Jefferson City and sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl who was home alone. Courtney was said to be wearing a ski mask and latex gloves during the assault.
Officials said Courtney was tied to the case after a SWAT team entered his home because he was suicidal and had barricaded himself inside.
According to officials, Courtney's home was a short distance from the scene of the sexual assault, and several items related to the assault were seen out in the open. Authorities obtained a search warrant, arrested Courtney and linked him to the crime with DNA samples.
Officials said if Courtney is released, he will have lifetime supervision with GPS monitoring. Courtney will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
Posted 8:06 AM 12/1/2015 by Louie Kaczmarek, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY – Pre-filing began Tuesday for the 2016 legislative session and state representatives already have a plan in mind for the new year.
Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Fulton said lawmakers will be focusing bills on infrastructure, ethics reform and school funding.(More)
Posted 5:44 AM 12/1/2015 by Zachary Reger, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
PHELPS COUNTY - A woman was hit and killed by a passing vehicle Monday night near I-44 in Phelps County.
Miya Goetz, 21, was a passenger in a stopped vehicle on the westbound side of the highway, according to an (More)
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Posted 4:36 AM 12/1/2015 by The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Monsanto Co. plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021.
A key component of Monsanto's plan calls for working with the thousands of farmers who use its seeds, herbicides and pesticides. The company is developing an incentives program to encourage (More)
Posted 11:05 PM 11/30/2015 by Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested a woman on several charges after she hit multiple vehicles, sending two people to the hospital.
The department arrested Deborah Barr, 51, from Columbia on two counts of assault, assaulting a law enforcement officer, leaving (More)
Posted 7:52 PM 11/30/2015 by Rose Schmidt, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department is investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.
Investigators said the incident was reported at 5:07 p.m. Monday at 728 Grand Avenue.
Detective Dal Hedges said the man was taken to Fulton Medical Center initally but did not (More)
Posted 1:08 PM 11/30/2015 by Derek Brizendine, KOMU 8 Reporter
CENTRALIA - The City of Centralia hopes expanding its electrical system will help bring growth to more parts of town.
Boring for the first of three new underground electrical conduits began Monday. The conduits will run under the two rail lines in the city and widen (More)
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Posted 5:36 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press and Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Missouri's health department from revoking the abortion license held by a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia.
The temporary restraining order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey is set to (More)
Posted 4:38 PM 11/30/2015 by The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri higher education leaders have dropped plans for a potential 2016 ballot measure that would have raised taxes on cigarettes to fund college scholarships.
Supporters of the "Missouri Promise" initiative announced their decision (More)