Caught: Man sentenced to prison time in Mississippi County and released from Scott County Jail

Updated: Jun. 20, 2019 at 10:05 AM CDT
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CHARLESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - Officials in Mississippi County said an inmate sentenced to prison time in their county was released by the Scott County Jail. That inmate has since been caught.

According to Captain Barry Morgan with the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office, on Wednesday, June 19 around 10 p.m. an officer was at Huck’s gas station in Cape Girardeau where he spotted Lamar Tyrone Johnson getting fuel.

The officer immediately contacted police in Cape Girardeau. Police pulled Johnson over as he left the Huck’s and and took him into custody.

Morgan said Johnson was transferred to the Scott County Jail where his charges are pending.

He will be transferred back to Mississippi County where he will be taken to the Missouri Department of Corrections.

According to the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department, Johnson of Sikeston was in custody in Mississippi County following a revocation of a suspended sentence. Court documents say Johnson violated the conditions of his probation and was re-sentenced to 13 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

However, before Johnson could be transferred to prison, he first had to be tried in Scott County on multiple felony assault charges relating to a 2018 incident in Sikeston.

Johnson was transferred to the Scott County Jail on or about April 17 with a hold outlining the condition that following his court proceedings Johnson was to be returned to Mississippi County so he could be transferred to DOC to serve his 13-year sentence.

In the custody of Scott County officials, court documents state Johnson was granted a bond of $75,000 cash or surety. Johnson posted bail on April 27 and was released from the Scott County Jail. He was due back in court on June 13, 2019 at 9 a.m., however Johnson failed to appear.

Now, Johnson’s whereabouts are unknown. Scott County has issued a warrant for Johnson’s arrest for failure to appear. Johnson also has an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Mississippi County.

We reached out to Scott County Sheriff Wes Drury for comment.

He said in a press release that on January 29, Johnson was transported to Scott County from Pemiscot County to be held on their warrant for assault first, ACA, property damage second and unlawful use of a weapon. His bond was set at $75,000 cash only.

On April 18, Sheriff Drury said Johnson was taken to Mississippi County for a court case “that we weren’t aware of.” He said, “apparently he [Johnson] was sentenced to 13 years in the Department of Corrections and we never received any paperwork in reference to his Mississippi County case or his sentence.”

Sheriff Drury said when Johnson posted bond through a bondsman and was released on April 27, dispatch ran him through MULES, but they didn’t get a message of a detainer from Mississippi County.

MULES is a system that allows dispatchers to get information and communicate with other law enforcement agencies. It stands for Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement system.

“We have reviewed Lamar Johnson’s jail file, and there is no court detainer attached,” Sheriff Drury said in the press release. “Scott County never received any detainer paperwork or court documents from Mississippi County.”

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