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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 Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in August of 2007.   She received her undergraduate degree from Drury University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law.  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.  Emily has experience in the General Crimes, Persons, and Major Crimes Units.  During her time as an Assistant Prosecutor, Emily has handled traffic offenses, bad check cases, domestic assaults, sex offenses, felony assaults, robberies, and homicides.  She also prosecutes serious vehicular offenses resulting in injury or fatality.  From 2012 through 2015, Emily was in private practice defending municipalities and government officials in federal civil litigation.  Upon her return to the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, she had a special assignment relating to reduction of the local jail population.  As the supervisor of the General Crimes Unit, she focuses on recruiting and developing new Assistant Prosecutors, while also handling a homicide caseload.   

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.

Nicholas FearsNicholas Fears Assistant Prosecuting Attorney NFears@greenecountymo.gov
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Nicholas joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August of 2020. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctor, with Cum Laude honors, from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2020. While in law school, Nicholas interned with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, externed with the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, and participated in the MU Criminal Prosecution Clinic through the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Taylor BanholzerTaylor Banholzer Assistant Prosecuting Attorney TBanholzer@greenecountymo.gov
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Taylor Banholzer

 

Taylor joined the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in March of 2021. She attended the University of Chicago for her undergraduate degree, where she received her B.A. in Economics. Taylor received her Juris Doctorate and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Missouri--Columbia in 2019.  While in law school, Taylor interned with the U.S. Attorney Eastern District of Missouri and Western District of Missouri, and participated in Mizzou Law's Family Violence Clinic. She also had the opportunity to be a Rule 13 intern with the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in the Summer 2018. After finishing her M.B.A., Taylor joined Buchhammer & Ward, an insurance defense firm in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Taylor holds law licenses in Colorado, Missouri, and Wyoming.

Jacqueline Ledezma-RuelasJacqueline Ledezma-Ruelas Assistant Prosecuting Attorney JLedezmaRuelas@greenecountymo.gov
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Jaycee LeeJaycee Lee General Crimes - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney JLee@greenecountymo.gov
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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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Sheri TuckerSheri Tucker Assistant Prosecuting Attorney STucker@greenecountymo.gov
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