“Everyday our police officers work tirelessly to protect citizens in our community. They shouldn’t have to put up with people like Mr. Moreland who put them at risk by this kind of dangerous behavior. Hopefully this sends a message to people that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated,”

PHELPS COUNTY, Missouri- On Monday, June 25, 2018, Judge William E. Hickle sentenced James Moreland, 47, of Lebanon, to 16 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for two instances that occurred in May and June of 2017. Both cases were prosecuted by Phelps County Senior Assistant Prosecutor Brad Neckermann.

On May 9, 2017, Phelps County deputies made a stop of a vehicle driven by Moreland. Officers soon realized Moreland had felony warrants and they ordered him out of the truck. Moreland then accelerated at a high rate of speed, nearly dragging one of the deputies under the vehicle. A high-speed pursuit began and resulted in the defendant crashing his vehicle and escaping by jumping into the Gasconade River.

Then on June 19, 2017, officers received tips on where Moreland was staying and attempted to take him into custody. Moreland again ran from officers and eventually pulled a knife before being subdued and taken into custody.

Moreland was charged with two counts of felony resisting arrest, one count of attempted assault on a law enforcement officer, and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. He pled guilty to these offenses, and sentencingas left to Judge Hickle. At sentencing, Neckermann pointed out that Moreland had a conviction from 2005 for first degree robbery and asked for a lengthy senence. Hickle obliged and sentenced Moreland to a total of 16 years for these offenses.

“Everyday our police officers work tirelessly to protect citizens in our community. They shouldn’t have to put up with people like Mr. Moreland who put them at risk by this kind of dangerous behavior. Hopefully this sends a message to people that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated,” said Brendon Fox, Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney.