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Local man faces felony charges after dispute

A Fredericktown man is facing felony charges after a dispute Friday afternoon in Madison County.

Kevin J. Lett, 34, of Fredericktown is charged with first degree burglary and felonious restraint. He is in the Madison County jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond.  

According to court documents, Lett violated an order of protection by going to the residence of the victim. Deputies said he then grabbed the victim by the throat and refused to let her call police after being asked to leave.

Lett then picked up a large piece of wood and threatened to strike the victim. He also began striking himself in the head with the piece of wood, causing a small laceration.

Despite repeated requests for him to leave, he refused, allegedly threatening to kill the victim if police were called. Deputies reported that at one point, Lett threw the victim on the couch, refused to let the victim leave and took the phone.

Authorities say, by remaining in the structure for the purpose of committing the crime of violation of a protection order, Lett committed the crime of burglary in the first degree. According to Missouri Statute a person commits the crime of burglary in the first degree if he knowingly enters unlawfully or knowingly remains unlawfully in a building or inhabitable structure for the purpose of committing a crime therein.

Lett was arraigned Monday and entered a plea of not guilty. A counsel status hearing has been set for 9 a.m., Thursday, June 27 before Judge Robin Fulton.

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