A Sunrise Beach man has received the maximum sentence for second degree assault after striking a neighbor with his truck.
According to a press release from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, they were able to successfully argue to have Daniel Pettis sentenced to the full seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on June 26.
Originally scheduled for jury trial on June 26, late the night before Pettis notified authorities that he had decided to plead to the charge.
Case.net indicates an Alford plea made in Laclede County Circuit Court where the case had moved on a change of venue.
An Alford Plea means the defendant does not admit guilt in the charge but that he would likely be found guilty based on the evidence.
Pettis made the plea without any plea deal, leaving the prosecution open to still seek maximum punishment from Judge Donald Lloyd Barnes for a Class D felony.
By pleading guilty, Pettis admitted to knowingly causing physical injury to the neighbor by means of a dangerous instrument, in this case striking another person with a truck. The incident occurred May 5, 2017. The extent of injury to the neighbor was not detailed in the statement from the prosecutor's office.
Pettis was arrested by a state trooper. The prosecutor’s office thanks Trooper Plumley for his hard work on the case as well as the victim for their courage and assistance in seeking justice.