After finding two methamphetamine smoking pipes - one in the house and one in a vehicle outside the residence - other people at the house told investigators that they had heard Plowman say he had done the shooting.
A recent assault with a gun in southern Morgan County appears to have been a drive-by shooting done as a warning in a dispute.
Steven J. Plowman, 21, of Stover was arrested Oct. 24 for a shooting at a residence located 7679 Ozark Heights Road, Versailles. This residence is located off of Highway 135 between Routes T and J.
Plowman has been charged with first degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.
According to the probable cause statement filed against Plowman, William McDuffie was struck in the right leg after six rounds were fired into the residence Oct. 11. McDuffie was transported to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment and had the bullet removed.
A .45 caliber gun was found to have been used in the shooting.
No arrests were made in the immediate aftermath of the incident, but on Oct. 23, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office received information from an unnamed source that Plowman had done the shooting.
On Oct. 24, deputies went to Plowman’s residence on Missouri Street in Stover.
After finding two methamphetamine smoking pipes - one in the house and one in a vehicle outside the residence - other people at the house told investigators that they had heard Plowman say he had done the shooting. One reportedly said Plowman had had possession of a .45 caliber pistol earlier in the week.
Advised of his Miranda Rights, Plowman agreed to answer questions and admitted to being in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, but not to doing the shooting. He claimed not to know where the gun was.
As he was being taken to a patrol car for transport to jail, Plowman told an investigator that he would cooperate and said the gun was under the rear end of the Ford Ranger, one of the vehicles at the residence that Plowman has previously said were his.
A silver box was found in this spot, and a HI Point .45 caliber ACP pistol was inside, according to the probable cause statement. The firearm was reportedly loaded with two rounds. A Clerke .22 caliber revolver was also located in the box.
During transport, the court document states that Plowman admitting to shooting the .45 caliber pistol into the residence on Ozark Heights Road. He claimed someone he lived with had been getting threatening text messages from a man - not McDuffie - that Plowman thought was at the Ozark Heights residence.
During an interview at the sheriff’s office, Plowman again admitted to the shooting, saying he shot the gun approximately five times from a borrowed black SUV without getting out of the vehicle. He told police he did not plan on hitting anyone. He said he wanted to send a message to the man making the alleged threats.
Plowman said he put the address into a GPS and went to the location by himself. He also said the meth pipes were his.
First degree assault is a Class A felony with a range of punishment of 10 to 30 years, or life imprisonment, not eligible for parole until 85 percent of the sentence is served.
Armed criminal action is punishable by not less than three years in prison without eligibility for parole, probation, conditional release or suspended imposition or execution of sentence for three calendar years, and any punishment for armed criminal action is in addition to any punishment for the crime committed with the use of the weapon.
Unlawful use of a weapon is a Class E felony, punishable with a term of imprisonment of two to four years. Possession of a controlled substance is a Class D felony. The range of punishment is two to seven years in prison.