|Court Case Update|
Count 1-Class C felony burglary-second degree
3/7/16-Guilty plea. Sentenced to serve seven years on in the Missouri Department of Corrections on each of the eight counts with the sentences running concurrent with each other
The charge stems from an incident on Jan. 7 when St. Clair County deputies responded to a call that former St. Clair County Sheriff Ron Snodgrass and Curtis Hunter located a Chevrolet truck that was stolen out of El Dorado. The truck was located at a residence on SW 651 Road, El Dorado Springs. It was noted the suspect in the case was on scene attempting to break into a house. The suspect was detained by Snodgrass and Hunter. Upon arrival Nichols was taken into custody and several items that were later reported stolen were located in the truck he was driving.
The investigation revealed the truck was stolen in the early morning hours on Jan. 7 from Derek Miner at Dari Concepts, El Dorado Springs. It was discovered Nichols later made entry into an occupied home on SW 600, but was ran off by the owner.
Later the same day a St. Clair County deputy took a burglary report on SW 1001 Rd, El Dorado Springs. Victor Stone said someone broke into his residence and took a television, boots, clothes, a level, and compact discs. He said an air compressor was also missing from a shed on the property.
Another report was taken on SW 1001 Road, El Dorado Springs. Joe Norval reported a rear window was broken out of his truck that was parked in a detached garage. He noted a knife and sheath were missing from the truck. Other items reported missing included two gas cans, trailer plug adapter, crow bar, and a yellow cattle prod.
All the items reported stolen were recovered from the stolen truck and returned to the owners.
|St. Clair County Sheriff's Office