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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:

Zachary McFarlandZachary McFarland First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney ZMcfarland@greenecountymo.gov
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Zack graduated Summa Cum Laude in the Honors College from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University), double majoring in Criminology and Sociology. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in May 2008. Zack joined the Warrant Unit in the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in November of 2012, reviewing felony and misdemeanor cases submitted by law enforcement, preparing investigative subpoenas, and reviewing search warrant applications.  In 2013, he moved to the General Crimes Unit where he focused on prosecuting driving while intoxicated offenses, minors in possession of alcohol, domestic violence, and Missouri Department of Revenue administrative license refusal hearings.  In 2015, Zack was assigned to represent the Prosecutor’s Office in the Greene County Treatment Courts. Also in 2015, Zack was promoted to Senior Assistant in the Major Crimes Unit and assigned to handle a drug distribution, manufacturing, and trafficking caseload.  Zack oversaw the office’s Criminal Activity Forfeiture Act cases, and the office’s United States Department of Justice Equitable Sharing Agreement.  In January 2022, he was promoted to 1st Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of the General Crimes Unit.  Zack is a licensed Missouri Department of Public Safety Specialist Instructor and teaches at the Springfield Police Academy.

Jacqueline Ledezma-RuelasJacqueline Ledezma-Ruelas Assistant Prosecuting Attorney JLedezmaRuelas@greenecountymo.gov
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Jacqueline joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in April 2021. She graduated with cum laude honors from the University of California Los Angeles in 2016 with a degree in Anthropology. She went on to receive her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri of Law in 2020. During law school, Jacqueline participated in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic, and travelled to South Africa to study comparative criminal justice systems. In addition, Jacqueline worked as a law clerk for a TGH Litigation, a firm specializing in employment discrimination and civil rights. In her final year of law school, Jacqueline served as the Chair of the Board of Advocates, and the Regional President of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Upon graduation, she was inducted into the Order of Barristers, a national honorary organization which recognizes students who excel in oral advocacy and professionalism.

Jaycee SmithJaycee Smith Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jaycee.Smith@greenecountymo.gov
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Jaycee joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August of 2021. She grew up in Southwest Missouri, and in December 2018, Jaycee graduated Summa Cum Laude from Missouri Southern State University with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration. In July 2021, she received her Juris Doctorate from Baylor University School of Law, graduating Cum Laude. While in law school, Jaycee served on the Baylor Barrister Society; participated in National Moot Court and Mock Trial teams; completed an externship with the Honorable Jeffrey Masnke, Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Texas; and interned at Parmele Law Firm in Springfield

Michael MichaelisMichael Michaelis Assistant Prosecuting Attorney MMichaelis@greenecountymo.gov
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Michael joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in January of 2021. He grew up in Greene County, having spent most of his life living in Republic, Missouri. He received a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri in May of 2016, and received his J.D. from the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law in May of 2019, graduating with Honors in Constitutional Law. During law school, he worked for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. Prior to joining this office, Michael began his career at Legal Services of Southern Missouri where he represented survivors of domestic violence in civil cases, including divorce, child custody, and orders of protection.

Rachel MillsRachel Mills Assistant Prosecuting Attorney RMills@greenecountymo.gov
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Rachel joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in August of 2021. She graduated cum laude  from St. Lawrence University in 2018 with a major in psychology and minors in mathematics and education. She then attended the University of Missouri School of Law and graduated with her Juris Doctorate in 2021. During law school, Rachel worked at Harper, Evans, Wade, and Netemeyer in Columbia, Missouri, and was on the editorial board of the Missouri Law Review.

Sheri TuckerSheri Tucker Assistant Prosecuting Attorney STucker@greenecountymo.gov
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Sheri joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August of 2021. She grew up in Southwest Missouri and was eager to move back home to practice law. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 2017 with a degree in Communication. Sheri received her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in May of 2021 where she graduated with a criminal concentration. While in law school, she participated in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic through the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and interned for the Missouri State Public Defender. Upon graduation, Sheri was the recipient of the Edward H. Hunvald Student Prize in Criminal Justice, an award given to the student who shows the most commitment to understanding and improving the criminal justice system

Carley JohanssonCarley Johansson Assistant Prosecuting Attorney CJohansson@greenecountymo.gov
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Carley joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August of 2021, and received her law license in February 2022. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 2018 with her B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies, along with minors in Biological Sciences and American Constitutional Democracy. She went on to receive her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri in May of 2021, graduating with a concentration in criminal justice. During law school, Carley participated in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic, Family Violence Clinic, and the Veterans Clinic. While in law school, Carley served as the President of the Women’s Law Association, along with being a member of Mizzou Law’s Diversity, Climate, and Well-Being Committee. She has also interned for the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney and the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney, gaining experience with cases ranging from child abuse to assault to capital murder. In 2020, Carley was a recipient of Missouri Lawyers Media Women’s Justice Award for Leaders of Tomorrow, an award given to women law students who demonstrate leadership, professionalism, and a passion for making a difference in the justice system and the legal profession.