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General Crimes


The General Crimes Unit is responsible for prosecuting all misdemeanor, traffic offenses, planning and zoning offenses, passing bad checks, and tax issues.  Misdemeanor offenses include domestic violence offenses, property offenses, minors in possession, and assaults. Traffic offenses include speeding and licensing violations, driving while intoxicated, driving while license revoked, leaving the scene of an accident, and careless and imprudent driving. The General Crimes Unit also serves as the main training unit for new assistant prosecuting attorneys and assists the Property-Fraud Unit with filing charges. The General Crimes Unit attorneys are:

Joseph BlissJoseph Bliss Assistant Prosecuting Attorney JBliss@greenecountymo.gov
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Joe joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August of 2018. He graduated from Westminster College in 2015 with a Major in Spanish and a Minor in Anthropology and Sociology. He then received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-School of Law in 2018. While in law school, Joe worked his first summer as a legal intern with the Audrain County Prosecutor’s Office before working as a law clerk during the remainder of his time at law school at the firm of Jones, Schneider, and Stevens LLC in Columbia, Missouri, helping with both criminal and civil cases.

Heather BoothHeather Booth Assistant Prosecuting Attorney HBooth@greenecountymo.gov
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Jacob CantwellJacob Cantwell Assistant Prosecuting Attorney JCantwell@greenecountymo.gov
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Cat CojocaruCat Cojocaru Assistant Prosecuting Attorney CCojocaru@greenecountymo.gov
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Morgan KirkpatrickMorgan Kirkpatrick Assistant Prosecuting Attorney MKirkpatrick@greenecountymo.gov
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Morgan joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August 2018. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 2015 with a dual degree in Communication and Anthropology. She went on to receive her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2018, where she also completed a concentration in Dispute Resolution. While in law school, Morgan travelled to South Africa where she studied criminal justice systems. She worked as a law clerk for a private law firm that focused on workers’ compensation and personal injury in Columbia, Missouri, and she participated in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic and the Innocence Clinic.

John McCaskillJohn McCaskill Assistant Prosecuting Attorney JMcCaskill@greenecountymo.gov
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John joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August of 2018. He received a B.A. in English from Rockhurst University in Kansas City in 2015. He then received a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2018. While in law school, he worked at the United States Attorney’s Office – Western District and the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, and participated in both the Family Violence and Prosecution Clinics at the University of Missouri School of Law.

Solon McGeeSolon McGee Assistant Prosecuting Attorney SMcGee@greenecountymo.gov
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Dakota ParisDakota Paris Assistant Prosecuting Attorney DParis@greenecountymo.gov
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Dakota joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August of 2018. He graduated magna cum laude with honors from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri with a B.S. in Business Management. He then graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri at Kansas City with a Juris Doctor and an emphasis in Advocacy. During law school, Dakota competed on the school’s mock trial team, was an editor of the UMKC Law Review, the Chief Prosecutor of the law school’s honor court, and received the Latshaw Award for excellence in criminal law studies. Dakota also completed an internship with the Jackson County, Missouri Prosecutor’s Office prior to clerking for a private, criminal defense law firm in Kansas City, Missouri.

Alexandra SheppardAlexandra Sheppard Assistant Prosecuting Attorney ASheppard@greenecountymo.gov
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Alex joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in June of 2019.  Alex received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas in 2013.  She then received her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2016.  While in law school, Alex served as Associate Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Dispute Resolution.  Following law school, Alex moved to Washington, D.C., where she spent two years working first as a lobbyist for a Fortune-500 company, and then as a congressional staffer to both Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Congressman Paul Mitchell (R-MI).  She returned to her hometown of Springfield, Missouri in the fall of 2018, when she joined the law firm of Keck, Phillips & Wilson, L.L.C. prior to joining the Prosecutor’s Office.

Emily ShookEmily Shook First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney EShook@greenecountymo.gov
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Emily first joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August of 2007. In 2012, she left to work in private civil practice, where she defended municipalities and government officials in federal civil litigation. In August of 2015, she returned to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office. She received her undergraduate degree from Drury University, majoring in Public Relations and Advertising. Emily received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to becoming a licensed attorney, Emily worked in our office as a Rule 13 intern and also with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. Upon her return to our office after graduation, she began in the General Crimes Unit, where she focused on traffic prosecution and bad checks. She was then assigned to the Warrants Unit, and later to the Persons Unit. While in Persons, she prosecuted domestic assault cases and vehicular crimes resulting in physical injury to victims. In 2010, Emily moved to the Major Crimes Unit, where she prosecuted robbery and assault cases, as well as serious vehicular crimes. At present, Emily prosecutes robberies, assaults, homicides, and serious vehicular matters. She also has a special assignment working with the Prosecuting Attorney on measures designed to address overcrowding at the Greene County Jail.

Megan VincentMegan Vincent Assistant Prosecuting Attorney MVincent@greenecountymo.gov
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Megan joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August 2018. She graduated from Truman State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a minor in Justice Systems. She received her Juris Doctor with a concentration in Criminal Justice from University of Missouri School of Law in 2018. During law school, Megan interned with Missouri Office of Prosecuting Attorneys and worked as a law clerk for both Cline, Braddock & Basinger and Veteran’s United Home Loans. Megan also participated in both the Criminal Prosecution Clinic and the Innocence Clinic during her 3L year.