Michael D. Ford was on probation for first degree burglary, unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and failure to register as a sex offender.

A Lake Ozark man has been sentenced to 31 years in prison through a probation violation trial related to crimes committed in 2012 and 2008. 

Michael D. Ford was sentenced by Judge Matt Hamner in Miller County Court on August 24, 2018 after previously receiving suspended execution of sentences for first degree burglary, unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and failure to register as a sex offender. These charges stem from a 2012 case in Miller County with the sentences ordered to be concurrent.

The now 37-year-old Ford pled guilty to second degree statutory rape in 2008, from a 2006 incident, and was sentenced to five years. Ford was required to register as a sex offender, but had failed to do so.

According to a press release from Miller County Prosecutor Benjamin Winfrey, the probation for Ford in 2012 was done under different prosecutors and judges who are no longer in office.

The Prosecutor’s Office under Ben Winfrey and Missouri Probation and Parole sought revocation of Ford’s probation on several earlier occasions, the press release states. And a review of the case docket on Missouri Case.net reflects multiple probation violation hearings with the earliest scheduling request taking place in February 2013. The probation order had been issued just a month earlier following the initial sentencing in December 2012.

During the August 24, 2018, probation violation trial, the Court determined Ford had violated the conditions of his probations, leaving no alternative but prison. In particular, the press release states, that Ford failed to register as a sex offender and attend sex offender evaluation as required by law from the 2008 guilty plea.

During the recent trial, Winfrey argued prison was appropriate because of Ford’s criminal past, and his refusal to register made him a danger to children, according to the press release.

In addition to the previously mentioned charges, Ford pled guilty to distributing a controlled substance in 2008. He paid a fine for a misdemeanor assault charge in 2016. Ford served seven days, time served, for misdemeanor resisting arrest in Camden County in 2017.