Herald-Whig

Hannibal man charged in 2016 murder returns to Marion County custody after parole in separate case

Timothy Brokes Jr.
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 9, 2017 6:30 pm Updated: Nov. 9, 2017 6:54 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal man charged in the 2016 shooting death of a Hannibal woman has been paroled from the Missouri Department of Corrections after completing a prison sentence for a previous drug conviction.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton said that Timothy M. Brokes Jr. was paroled Thursday from the South Central Correctional Center in Licking, but he would remain in Marion County custody with the pending charges he faces in the fatal shooting.

"He's currently being held on a drug case, and according to DOC, they have to release him because he served the statutory amount of time that he is required to serve to be eligible for release," Clayton said. "So he's returning to the custody of our jail."

Records show that Brokes, 36, is being held in the Marion County Jail in Palmyra. He served about a year in prison after his probation was revoked in August 2015 for his 2013 conviction for possession of a controlled substance.

Brokes already had served 15 months of shock incarceration time for the drug conviction. He had been sentenced to five years in the case.

Brokes has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Jan. 12, 2016, shooting death of Brittany S. Gauch, 30, and to charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action in the shooting of her husband, Aaron M. Gauch, 32, the same day. Both were shot in Marion County.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton said in September that he will seek the death penalty against Brokes.

Brokes also is facing charges in Monroe County in connection with the shooting of a Monroe City police officer on Jan. 13, 2016. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and hindering prosecution of a felony in Monroe County Circuit Court.

Clayton said he would prefer that Brokes remain in prison as he awaits trial.

"It's become a high-profile case," he said. "We're pursuing capital punishment, and it's going to put an extra strain on our local jail and county resources housing him here with all that's going on."

Brokes will return to court Nov. 27 for a motion to suppress hearing. His attorneys, Assistant Public Defenders Charles Hoskins and Srikant Chigurupati, have also filed a motion for a change of venue.