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Man gets 10 years after fleeing from courthouse

FARMINGTON — A Farmington man who was arrested after running from the courthouse last month has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for violating his probation.

Joshua Reissing, 28, of Farmington, was on probation for two counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of stealing. On Wednesday, Reissing admitted to violating three conditions of his probation and Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

He is facing a new charge of felony escape from custody for the incident last month. He could be sentenced up to four years in prison.

According to police, he was at the courthouse for a civil case when police arrested him for the probation violation.

When he and the other inmates from Circuit Court Judge Sandy Martinez’s law day were taken outside the courthouse to the jail transport van, he got away. Within 30 minutes, police found him hiding near a church and placed him back in custody.

In other cases, Thomas E. Elston, 28, of Terre Du Lac, was sentenced to four years in prison for second-degree domestic assault.

Dale Ingram, 23, of Park Hills, was sentenced to seven years in prison for violating the probation he received for two counts of passing a bad check. The judge will consider releasing him on a new term of probation after he completes a 120-day drug treatment program.

Robert M. Mahoney, 31, of Park Hills, was found not guilty by reason of mental defect or disease of assault on a law enforcement officer. He was ordered to be committed to a mental health facility.

According to court records, Mahoney assaulted a Park Hills officer by beating him in the face with a tire tool.

Walter B. Jones , 23, of Bonne Terre, was placed on five years of supervised probation for possession of a controlled substance.

Jacob Pettus, 29, of Irondale, was sentenced to four years in prison for violating the probation he received for failure to pay child support.

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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