FARMINGTON - Despite his claims that he was trying to be a better person, Timothy Hawkins managed to land himself in a lot more trouble Friday both during and after his sentencing hearing.

On Friday, Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte sentenced Hawkins, 23, of Mexico, Mo., to 15 years in prison for first-degree assault.

Hawkins’ public defender, Wayne Williams asked the judge to consider probation since Hawkins had recently been placed on probation for charges in Audrain County with a seven-year sentence hanging over him if he violates probation. He suggested that the judge could even run the sentences consecutive with 22 years hanging over his head.

Williams acknowledged that Hawkins had numerous arrests and convictions but he said Hawkins is doing fine so far on probation.

Hawkins has prior felony convictions for property damage, unlawful use of a weapon, tampering with a motor vehicle, driving while revoked, and misdemeanors of assault, assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, peace disturbance, violations of protection orders, and obstructing government operations.

Hawkins addressed the judge, admitting he hasn’t been the “best, well-behaved person.” He said he is doing his best now and realizes 15 to 22 years would be a big part of his life.

He works with his dad. He said he plans to get married this week and enroll in GED classes. He said he wants to get a degree in auto mechanics.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jeremy Brauer reminded the judge that the case was an assault on a corrections officer.

According to court records, while incarcerated in prison, Hawkins punched and then grabbed a corrections officer around the neck and began choking him Aug. 8, 2011.

Brauer pointed out Hawkins’ other assault and assault-related charges, saying he was not a good candidate for probation.

Judge Pratte then denied the request for probation and sentenced Hawkins to 15 years in prison.

After sentencing and while going over Hawkins’ appeals rights, Hawkins indicated he was sick and was given a trash can. Soon after, he fell to the ground, not responding verbally to officials at all until a firefighter said he was going to intubate Hawkins.

He was taken to Mineral Area Regional Medical Center by ambulance but was ordered to be immediately taken to the jail after it was found that he was indeed OK.

When he was released and was being placed in a patrol car, the handcuffed Hawkins managed to get away and run into a nearby field. One deputy attempted to chase him on foot while other tried to follow him in the patrol car. When they lost sight of him, other agencies including the Farmington Police Department assisted. He was found about 45 minutes later in  the field about a half mile from the hospital.

Sheriff Dan Bullock said Hawkins had managed to slip the handcuffs off one of his wrists and removed his shirt.

Prosecuting Attorney Jerrod Mahurin will be determining what charges Hawkins could be facing now.

In other cases that day, Jessica Weaver, 22, of Farmington, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for two counts of sale of heroin. The judge will consider releasing her after she completes a long-term drug treatment program.

Chelsea Whittier, 28, of Park Hills, was sentenced to three years in prison for violating the probation she received for hindering prosecution

Mark E. Ahner, 48, of French Village, was sentenced to seven years in prison for manufacture of marijuana. The judge will consider releasing him on probation after he completes a 120-day drug treatment program.

According to court records, in July of 2009, police discovered 35 marijuana plants growing in his yard. .

Brandon Moss, 41, a Licking inmate, was sentenced to nine years for committing violence against an offender.

Brian Benson, 33, of Potosi, was sentenced to five years in prison for violating the probation he received for passing a bad check.

David Crump, 27, of Desloge, was sentenced to seven years in prison for violating the probation he received for passing bad checks. The judge will consider releasing him on a new term of probation after he completes a 120-day general shock incarceration program.

Tammy Whitchurch, 33, of Farmington, was sentenced to eight years in prison for sale of cocaine. The judge will consider releasing her on probation after she completes a 120-day drug treatment program.

Benjamin Gainer, 55, of Farmington, was sentenced to two years in prison for violating the probation he received for leaving the scene of an accident.

Brandon Bishop, 18, of Park Hills, was sentenced to 303 days in the county jail and credited for time served  for possession of heroin.

Jodi Smith, 24, of Farmington, was sentenced to a court program for two counts of possession of chemical with intent to make meth.

Placed on five years of supervised probation for Janis L. Francis, 38, of Desloge, for stealing; Michael T. Call, 29, of Desloge, for stealing; James Ray Lange, 60, of Bonne Terre, for second-degree assault (vehicular); Robert P. Iahn, 25, of Bonne Terre, for possession of heroin and possession of oxycodone; Steven J. Lewis Jr., 38, of Bloomsdale, for property damage and leaving the scene of an accident; Rhonda S. Gilmer, 33, of Ste. Genevieve, for failure to return rental property; Cristobal Alberto Luna, 17, of Farmington, for stealing a controlled substance; and Michael D. Zaricor III, 24, of Farmington, for DWI.

Homer Blankenship, 35, of Park Hills, pleaded guilty to manufacture of meth and possession of meth.

Gregory T. Varner, 43, of Park Hills, pleaded guilty to sale of meth.

Teresa Ressel is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at (573) 431-2010 ext. 179 or at

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Glad to hear Ms Weaver got a sentence. Her name has been on my list of known drug dealers for a few years now! Hopefully She will benefit from treatment and become a productive law abiding citizen in the future. How long before we see the names of those who got probation for drugs again? Less than six months I predict!

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