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Probation violation earns man 20-year sentence

FARMINGTON – A Bonne Terre man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for violating his probation.

Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte sentenced Benjamin Stanfill, 24, Friday to 20 years in prison for violating the probation he received for two counts of sale of a controlled substance – marijuana.

Stanfill was placed on probation on Aug. 11, 2000 and also was ordered to complete at least 30 days of shock incarceration at the county jail. A motion to revoke his probation was filed in late 2004.

According to court records, Stanfill sold marijuana to a confidential informant on April 29, 1999, and May 11, 1999.

In other cases, James Baine, 24, of Bonne Terre, was sentenced to four years in prison for tampering with a motor vehicle.

According to court records, Baine passed a Bonne Terre patrol car on Highway 47 without signaling and while traveling at an excessive speed.

The officer activated his lights and sirens but Baine continued to drive. The officer also reported Baine failed to stop at a stop sign and then ran off the road on Pine Street.

After the vehicle crashed, Baine was placed in police custody and taken to the police department. Baine reportedly became uncooperative during the booking process and kicked the officer in the thigh while he was being handcuffed.

Floyd Burns, 31, of Bonne Terre, was placed on five years of supervised probation for second-degree assault.

According to court records, Burns, while under the influence of alcohol, drove on the wrong side of the roadway and crashed head-on with another vehicle. The crash caused two people to sustain injuries.

Laura Gaynor, 34, of Fenton, was sentenced to seven years in prison for violating the probation she received for stealing. The judge will reconsider placing her on probation after she completes a 120-day drug treatment program.

Justin Neely, 18, of DeSoto, was placed on five years of supervised probation for tampering with a motor vehicle.

Curtis Kemp, 39, of Fredericktown, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. His sentencing will be held Sept. 16.

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