Man charged after trespassing at college

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Two class D felonies were filed against Jamie Keys Jr., 20, of Marshall, on Sunday, Oct. 15, after trespassing on Missouri Valley College property.

The charges came after the MVC Director of Public Safety reportedly received a report of burglary from a student who witnessed Keys enter a college apartment building using a crowbar to unlock the door on Friday, Oct. 13. The witness provided a written statement, stating he confronted Keys while inside, before Keys ran from the scene.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Saline County E911 Center received a call of a careless and imprudent driver in a red Ford Mustang traveling south on U.S. Highway 65 from Malta Bend. A Marshall Police Department officer responded to the call, and reportedly observed the vehicle to travel 6 miles per hour above the posted speed limit, and driven by Keys, whom the officer knew through prior contact.

According to the probable cause statement, the officer conducted a traffic stop, and while talking with Keys, detected the smell of raw marijuana. No marijuana was reportedly located in the vehicle or on Keys' person, but a crowbar was located in the vehicle's backseat.

Keys was transported to the MPD, the report states, and the officer continued to detect the odor of raw marijuana, but Keys continued to deny he had any on his person. The officer reportedly located a baggie of marijuana inside Keys' underwear, and the contraband was later weighed at 8.8 grams.

Keys is charged with second-degree burglary and delivery or possession of a controlled substance at county/private jail/corrections center except with written prescription, both class D felonies. A motion hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 1:30 p.m. in the Division VI Courtroom.

Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.