Sunday, January 28, 2018

Ace Mohr pleads guilty, admits "I sold heroin"

Ace Mohr, 24, Carthage, pleaded guilty Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court to two possession with intent to distribute drugs, including heroin and receiving stolen property.

Judge David Mouton ordered a pre-sentence report and scheduled sentencing for 1 p.m. March 5.

According to the terms of his plea agreement with the Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Mohr cannot be sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for each of the possession with intent charges and five years for receiving stolen property with the sentences to run concurrently.

As part of the deal, the prosecuting attorney's office will dismiss the other pending charges against Mohr.

Mohr, who was represented by attorneys Brian Glades and Jonathan Pierce, will also be required to pay $1,075 in restitution.

On the plea form, Mohr wrote, (I) sold heroin to CI (confidential informant).

The sale took place January 29, 2015 and the confidential informant worked for the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, according to court records.

Mohr also pleaded guilty on possession with intent to distribute for an arrest made February 16, 2015, by the Carthage Police Department.

The crime was detailed in a probable cause statement written by Officer Justin Butler, who had originally arrested Mohr for driving while intoxicated:

While handcuffed to a bench in the booking room, Mohr removed a plastic baggie containing 138 grams of cocaine from his right shoe. I seized the substance from his person.

While speaking to Mohr, I discovered a plastic baggie containing two grams of methamphetamine inside his mouth unedr his tongue. After discovering the meth, I removed Mohr's left sock and located two more plastic baggies containing 60 Alprazolan, schedule four pills and one unknown blue pill.

Mohr's other guilty plea came in connection with a September 3, 2016 arrest for receiving stolen property.

The Joplin Police Department arrested him at Ernie Williamson Music, 925 South Range Line Road, with guitars stolen from a Newton County church and drug paraphernalia, according to the probable cause statement.
(Ernie Williamson photo of arrest is shown at left)

Two of the three possession charges against Mohr in connection with the February 16, 2015 Carthage Police Department arrest will be dropped under the terms of the plea agreement, as well as possession charges filed against Mohr in connection with the following cases:

-A July 19, 2016 arrest by Webb City police officers who were responding to a trespassing call

"Just prior to putting handcuffs on him, I saw him reach into his right pocket and throw a small white object," Officer Alex Bickett wrote in the probable cause statement. "I heard it hit another object and roll across the ground."

The object turned out to be crystal meth, Bickett said. Another officer found marijuana in a container on Mohr's key chain, the statement indicates.

-An April 27, 2016 Jasper County Sheriff's Office arrest while Mohr was under surveillance

Carthage Police Detective Chad Allison and Jasper County Detective Ed Bailey saw a Dodge minivan pull into the driveway, according to Bailey's probable cause statement.

As we exited the vehicle and identified ourselves as police, Mohr exited the van and began to run around the front of (it). As Mohr moved, I saw him throw two syringes to the ground at the front of the van, along with his keys.

When asked if he had any other syringes, Mohr replied, "No, only those two."

During a search of Mohr's person after he was detained, Allison located a portion of a pill wrapped in foil paper in a package of cigarettes found in Mohr's right front pants pocket. When asked what it was, Mohr said, "It's a Dilaudid. Mohr admitted to using Dilaudid intravenously.

Another Carthage Police Department possession arrest

Court records indicate the Carthage Police arrested Mohr December 30, 2015, on marijuana possession charges.

Former Prosecuting Attorney Dankelson dropped two armed robbery charges and failed to file another against Mohr

When the Joplin Police Department arrested Mohr for an armed robbery at 7th and Moffet August 30, 2016, it was the third time he had been charged with that crime.

While the JPD recommended robbery, armed criminal action and possession of a controlled substance against Mohr, Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney Dean Dankelson elected not to file any charges.

No court records remain of Mohr's first two armed robbery arrests.

Mohr and two other men were charged with an October 4, 2015, robbery of a man staying at the Guest House Motel in Carthage. Carthage Police alleged that Mohr held the man down on the bed at knife point, while the other two men searched for valuables.

Dankelson dropped the charges after the victim failed to show for a preliminary hearing, even though the prosecuting attorney had a sworn affidavit from a Carthage police officer saying that one of Mohr's accomplices admitted the three men had committed the crime.

Charges were also dropped on an earlier armed robbery. Carthage Police arrested Mohr after he allegedly opened the front passenger door of a car at the Sonic Drive-In on November 22, 2013, slid in beside the driver and robbed him at gunpoint.

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