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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:

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.

Alex BaileyAlex Bailey Assistant Prosecuting Attorney ABailey@greenecountymo.gov
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Cat CojocaruCat Cojocaru Assistant Prosecuting Attorney CCojocaru@greenecountymo.gov
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Cat joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August 2019. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016 with a Bachelor of Journalism degree in Strategic Communication and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She received her Juris Doctor with a concentration in Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2019. During law school, Cat served as Vice-President and President of OutLaw, and was a member of the Diversity Committee. She also interned with the Jackson County, Missouri, Prosecutor’s Office, and served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Patricia Breckenridge of the Missouri Supreme Court. Cat also participated in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic, Veteran’s Clinic, and Innocence Clinic during law school.

Conor BrowneConor Browne Assistant Prosecuting Attorney CBrowne@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.

Heather BoothHeather Booth Assistant Prosecuting Attorney HBooth@greenecountymo.gov
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Heather joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August of 2019. She graduated from American University with a major in communication, law, economics, and government. She then received her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2019, where she was named to Order of the Barristers. While in law school, Heather was a member of the National Moot Court team and an associate managing editor for the Missouri Business, Entrepreneurship & Tax Law Review. Heather first worked for the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office as a Rule 13 intern during the summer of 2018. Heather completed an internship with Magistrate Judge Rush at the District Court for the Western District of Missouri and participated in the MU Criminal Prosecution Clinic through the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Jacqueline Ledezma-RuelasJacqueline Ledezma-Ruelas Assistant Prosecuting Attorney JLedezmaRuelas@greenecountymo.gov
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Nicholas FearsNicholas Fears Assistant Prosecuting Attorney NFears@greenecountymo.gov
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Solon McGeeSolon McGee Assistant Prosecuting Attorney SMcGee@greenecountymo.gov
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Solon joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August of 2019.  He received a B.S. in Business Management from Utah Valley University in 2013. After graduation, he started a business developing healthcare billing software that was used in medical practices throughout the United States. A year later he worked for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee reviewing legislation and performing vetting research for federal judicial nominees. He then received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 2019 where he served on the Moot Court Board and received the Robert D. Dewitt Best Brief Award. During law school, he worked at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office, and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) where he was selected as a candidate for the DOJ’s honors program. Upon graduation he was inducted into the Order of the Barristers. Solon is proficient in the Spanish language.