Bellamy warns offender '... the women hold the key to the jail.'

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

William E. Stoner, 47, of Sweet Springs, pleaded guilty in Associate Court Wednesday, May 27, to one count of class A misdemeanor 3rd degree domestic assault and one count of class A misdemeanor assault with injury.

Judge James T. "Tut" Bellamy sentenced Stoner to two years court-supervised probation on the domestic assault charge and 10 days incarceration at Saline County Justice Facility on the assault with injury charge, subject to time served and concurrent with the assault charge.

Advised by Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Donald G. Stouffer that the assault victims had asked for Stoner to be allowed to return to their home, Bellamy warned Stoner that the two women "hold the key to the jail for you. Make sure it's peaceful in your household."

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  • Yes, they hold the key for sure...why do women get a restraining orders then go around these men? I feel that once an order is in place, either party contacting the other is a violation and either of them should go to jail!! This happens all too often and is a waste of courts time and tax payers dollars...I mean I know these orders of protection are needed, but lets get serious about them and their use! Quit playing the legal system to get revenge on your exes!!! If you are afraid and need protection, by all means, use them, if not, deal with it at your own risk!

    -- Posted by blueslover77 on Wed, May 27, 2009, at 5:30 PM
  • blueslover77: Please note this was not an order of protection.

    -- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Wed, May 27, 2009, at 6:09 PM
  • This case may not have involved an ex-parte or full order of protection but the point being the legal system is used for revenge on a regular basis. With little or no oversight over or on the behalf of the filing party, it becomes anything goes. This is reinforced with a judge ruling on the side of caution more times than not. This meaning you only need a heart beat to get and order against someone. Only stand to reason that it could be used in getting even with someone. The law at this point gives little protection to those who are accused for no reason. Even if someone makes multiple accusations with only verbal testimony (no physical proof) and fails to show up at most or all scheduled hearings. This removes all possibility of the accused achieving vindication from the unfounded statements. This however, is not to say that every case falls in this category.

    -- Posted by hatebegetshate on Wed, May 27, 2009, at 8:18 PM
  • 10 days time served and charges to run concurrent. Now that's getting tough on crime!!!

    -- Posted by muddywater on Thu, May 28, 2009, at 3:51 AM
  • Unless one is omniscient, one can't really know what went on in private between two people. Judges try to be omniscient. Mostly (I hope) they are right. Sometimes they are wrong.

    I can't judge the merits of this particular case. Statistics say that violence between male and female is usually the male doing damage. But not always. Even in the face of mothers murdering spouses, boyfriends, and their children, women seemed to be viewed by courts as more innocent than men.

    This leads to abuse of the system by a few women. Because of "political correctness" women can use the system, fool judges and prosecutors, and use the law and its extensions to abuse men -- and other women.

    A women who has permanent physical injury from spouse abuse called the above to my attention. Her slant is that it is a waste of time and taxpayer money to serve people who make and pursue false complaints. Resources should go to the truly abused. It's not just a Saline County problem; it's multi-state. I knew a woman with mental health and drug abuse problems who did dress rehearsals in front of a mirror to prepare her act to impress judges and have them see it her way. Though this woman lived in Saline County briefly, she performed her main acts in Illinois. She created a false complaint record for her ex so he would lose his job and other rights. With job lost, he fell behind on child support and landed in jail. She was gleeful. This scenario is not as rare as you might think.

    If a person is abused (female or male) the area CASA organizations are a resource. They are aware of false complaint use. If a person is truly abused, CASA counseling is excellent. For women who use cops and courts to manipulate, control, and get revenge, I doubt they would be interested in CASA counseling to help them rearrange their lives. Saline County judges don't even seem to be aware of the false complaint problem and that they are sometimes adjuncts to an emotional abuser's power trip.

    -- Posted by Cat13 on Thu, May 28, 2009, at 7:54 AM
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