Theodosia resident Jason Charles Cole, 36, was sentenced to three prison terms Wednesday, Aug. 7, as part of a plea bargain before Circuit Judge Craig Carter. Cole pleaded guilty to theft/stealing of property of services valued between $500 and $25,000, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.
Carter sentenced Cole to five years on the assault of a law enforcement officer, three years for resisting or interfering with arrest and two years for the theft and stealing charges. The prison terms will be served concurrently.
According to the probable cause statement filed with the court on April 24, while operating as owner of J&N Auto-motive in Theodosia, Cole accepted a payment of $592.11 on April 18, 2011, from Sam Ellison to replace the wheel bearing assembly on Ellison's 2001 Chevrolet pickup. Cole returned the truck to Ellison without installing the new assembly and later returned the part to O'Reilly Automotive for a cash refund.
The affadavits say that on May 6, 2011, Ellison allegedly paid Cole $662.28 for the purchase of four new tires and other services to be rendered, according to the affidavit. The tires were never put on Ellison's vehicle, and it was later learned that two of the tires were sold to David Wallace.
A second affidavit, related to the assault and resisting arrest charges, says that on March 29, Ozark County Sheriff's Department deputies Sgt. Cecilia Clayton and Kenny Hannaford, along with Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. Jim Britt, responded to an accident on OO Highway in Ocie where a Chevrolet Blazer had rolled several times. No one was around the vehicle when the officers arrived on scene.
After the officers learned that the vehicle belonged to Cole, Clayton went to a nearby house to search for him and ended up in a foot pursuit. When Deputy Hannaford caught up with Clayton, she and Cole were physically holding on to one another in restraint.
Britt arrived at the scene soon after and took Cole to the ground.
Clayton said that during the scuffle, she tried to access a Taser, and Cole grabbed her right arm and pushed her body up against a shed. Clayton was examined by medical personnel at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, and her injury was classified as a severe sprain. She was out of work for more than a week in connection with the injury.