Media Policy

The right of a criminal defendant to receive a fair trial and the right of the press to publish information about a defendant or criminal act are both guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Both are valuable and important rights. These two safeguards, however, can conflict when pretrial publicity has the potential to prejudice a potential jury pool, and ultimately deprive a defendant, a victim or the people of a fair and just trial. Read More »

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In the News


It is important for you to know how crime is being prosecuted in Greene County. These press releases concern issues relevant to our community. If you have any questions about a release or a topic not covered in a release, please contact Rhonda Ogden, our office manager.

Latest News


  • Man Convicted of Burglary

    04/15/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Allen W. Lindsey, 23, of Springfield, MO was convicted today of burglary in the second degree following a jury trial before the Honorable Dan Conklin.     read more »

  • Man Convicted of Neighborhood Shooting

    04/09/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Kenneth A. Stewart, 19, of Springfield, Missouri was convicted yesterday, April 8, 2014, for shooting a man as he played with his daughters - ages 4 and 5 at the time.     read more »

  • WOMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR STEALING CAR WITH CHILDREN INSIDE

    03/28/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Cynthia D. Brown, 38, of Springfield, MO was sentenced yesterday for stealing a car with two small children inside.     read more »

  • Multi-Count Forger Sentenced to 13 Years in Department of Corrections

    03/21/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Theresa C. Marshall, 35, of Ozark, MO was sentenced today for multiple counts of forgery, possessing forging instruments, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and stealing by deceit.     read more »

  • Man Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Sexually Abusing Granddaughters

    03/14/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Brett Sanders, 54, of Ash Grove, MO was sentenced today for sexually abusing two of his granddaughters between July 2008 and July 2011.     read more »

  • Man Convicted for Shooting at a Convenience Store

    03/06/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Maurice D. Jones, 26, of Springfield, Missouri was convicted yesterday afternoon, March 5, 2014, by a Greene County Jury for shooting a man at a gas station on August 03, 2012 following a brief verbal encounter.     read more »

  • Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murdering Her Infant Son

    02/24/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that on Friday, February 21, 2014, Tatianna N. Light, 27, of Springfield, Missouri was sentenced to life in prison for smothering her two month old son, Kaiden Light, to death in October 2010. Light previously pled guilty to murder in the second degree on the day her trial was set to begin in December 2013     read more »

  • Initial Appearance of Craig Wood

    02/21/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Craig Michael Wood made his first appearance in Associate Circuit Court today. Mr. Wood is now represented by Mr. Christopher Hatley of the public defender's office.     read more »

  • Man Pled Guilty on Day of Trial for Sexual Abuse of Teenager

    02/19/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Peter Funderburk, 30, of Springfield, MO entered a guilty plea to having sexual contact with a 16 year old girl in 2012.     read more »

  • Hailey Owens' Murderer Charged

    02/19/14 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Craig Michael Wood, 45, of Ash Grove, Missouri, has been charged today with murder in the first degree, armed criminal action, and child kidnapping. These charges are from events that occurred yesterday, February 18, 2014.     read more »