Friday, October 3, 2008

Landen E. Garrison III - Repeat Sex Offender gets Life in Prison

Jasper County judge imposed a life sentence Friday on a repeat sex offender for sexually assaulting a boy three years ago, and assessed another defendant seven years in prison for molesting a 10-year-old girl.

Circuit Judge David Mouton sentenced Landen E. Garrison III, 55, to life in prison without parole for first-degree statutory sodomy at a hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin. A Jasper County jury had convicted Garrison of the crime at a single-day trial in August.

Garrison, who most recently listed a Joplin address with the court, was living in Kendricktown on April 23, 2005, when he lured a 9-year-old boy from his yard in Carthage with a promise of candy. The boy’s testimony at trial was that Garrison had coaxed him down by the river beneath the railroad trestle north of High Street, where he sexually assaulted him.

Garrison was prosecuted as a persistent offender because of a prior conviction for a sex offense in the 1990s for which he had served time in prison.

He is still facing charges of failure to register as a sex offender and second-degree assault in Jasper County. A probable-cause affidavit alleges that in March he chased a woman in the 1100 block of East Hill Street in Joplin trying to hit her with an ax.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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