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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Birdsong gets eight years in prison

  • A Rolla man was sentenced to eight years in prison for resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated, a 25th Circuit Court judge decided Monday.
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  • A Rolla man was sentenced to eight years in prison for resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated, a 25th Circuit Court judge decided Monday.
    Circuit Judge William Hickle sentenced Jerry “Junior” Birdsong, 36, to serve four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for two counts of resisting arrest.
    The four-year sentences were ordered to be served consecutively to another four-year sentence executed last week by Circuit Judge Gregory Warren for driving while intoxicated.
    Birdsong had previously pleaded guilty to the DWI, a class D felony, as a persistent offender for an incident that occurred on April 9, 2012, that was investigated by Phelps County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Mitch Wofford and Cpl. Paul Lambert.
    “The sheriff’s department did an excellent job in their investigation of Jerry Birdsong’s third DWI,” said Phelps County Assistant Prosecutor Brendon Fox, who prosecuted the case. “We were able to get the maximum sentence allowable by law and continue to strive to protect the community from repeat DWI offenders.”
    Birdsong also pleaded guilty to two counts of resisting arrest for incidents occurring on July 19, 2012, and May 13, 2013. Spo. Leann Robertson and Cpl. Adam Meyer, both of the Rolla Police Department,  investigated those cases, respectively.
    “Robertson and Meyer both had highly charged situations with Mr. Birdsong that they were able to resolve without anyone getting hurt, including Mr. Birdsong. They did a great job,” said Fox.
    Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger said, “Over the last year, I have had a number of residents from Mr. Birdsong’s neighborhood call to complain that he was a menace and terrorizing our community. I am pleased with the hard work of PCSD, RPD and my office in working together to make the streets safer by sending Jerry Birdsong to prison.”

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