A Rolla man who assaulted another man and stole from him in 2011 and then later stole a trailer in 2012 was sentenced to 17 years in prison Tuesday.
25th Circuit Judge William E. Hickle sentenced Charles “Chip” Faulkner to 10 years for assault in the first degree and robbery in the second degree stemming from a December 2011 incident where he beat another man with a bat and stole his phone and money.
Hickle also sentenced Faulkner to seven years, consecutive to the previous 10, for stealing a trailer in June 2012.
Faulkner pled guilty on Feb. 5, 2013.
Phelps County Sheriff’s Department detectives Carl Kossuth and Scott Jarrett investigated the cases. Phelps County Assistant Prosecutors Brendon Fox and Brad Neckermann prosecuted the cases.
“Chip Faulkner is a menace to our community, plain and simple,” Fox said. “Mr. Neckermann and I collaborated on these cases to put him away as long as possible. This should be a wake-up call to the criminal element that if you prey on the honest, hard-working citizens of Phelps County you will go to prison.”
Neckermann said, “Detectives Kossuth and Jarrett made this happen. We should all be grateful for their hard work.”
Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger explained that because of sentencing laws, Faulkner will have to serve 85 percent of the 10-year sentence and 40 percent of the seven year sentence.
“By our estimation he will be locked up until at least 2024. The people of Phelps County can rest a little easier,” Beger said.