Man up for parole in January, Sheriff will oppose

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CEDAR COUNTY, Mo — Joshua Brown is serving a prison sentence for possession and evidence tampering, after his murder conviction was overturned in 2016.

An El Dorado Springs man sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence is up for a parole hearing, and the Cedar County Sheriff plans to oppose his release. 

On November 2nd, 2014 Joshua Brown was driving a car pursed by Deputy Mathew Chism for a traffic violation. A second suspect, William Collins, ran from the car and exchanged gunfire with Chism. Both men died. 

On May 4th, 2016, Brown was on trial for second-degree murder, meth possession, hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence. The trial, which took place in Greene County on change of venue, resulted in a guilty verdict for Brown. 

Less than three months later, Greene County Judge Calvin Holden overturned the murder and hindering convictions and sentenced Brown to 10 years on the drug charge and 7 years on the tampering charge, which Brown is serving concurrently. 

At that time,  Cedar County Prosecuting Attorney Ty Gaither was critical of the acquittal saying the “decision is incorrect, ignores the law and the facts, and improperly sets aside the decision of the jury.”

On January 8th, 2019, Joshua Brown will be up for parole… and has a hearing in Jefferson City that could potentially result in his release from prison. 

Cedar County Sheriff James McCrary tells KOLR10 that he, along with Corporal Josh King will be there to make the argument that Brown should not be released from prison back into society 4 years into his 10 year sentence. 

“He’s not served that 10 years yet, and I believe he’ll be a threat to the community if he is released based on his history, so that’s why I’m opposing his release,” McCrary says. 

The Cedar County Sheriff’s office made a post on Facebook on November 26 saying they would accept letters to the Parole Board, which they would hand deliver. 

KOLR10 will bring you the latest on this case when a decision on Brown’s parole is made. 

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