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Judge denies request to revoke former Knox County sheriff's probation

Robert Becker
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: May. 15, 2019 5:30 pm Updated: May. 15, 2019 6:20 pm

EDINA, Mo. -- A judge has denied a motion to revoke the probation of the former Knox County Sheriff.

Court records show that Judge Tom Redington found Wednesday that Robert Becker did not violate the terms of his probation after he was charged with pursuing wildlife illegally and unlawful use of a weapon by discharging it along a roadway.

Court documents in the case said Becker admitted to two Missouri conservation agents that he had fired a firearm at quail while standing on or along Tomahawk Street, west of Route E in Knox County, during December while hunting with his son and brother. A nearby resident told the agents he had witnessed the shots and took pictures of spent shotgun cartridges along the road as the men moved into a nearby field. Becker later identified himself to the witness.

In his ruling, Redington said no evidence was presented during a Tuesday hearing that Becker discharged a firearm from the road.

Becker resigned as sheriff in December after pleading guilty to charges of sexual abuse and domestic assault. The agreement brokered by the Missouri Attorney General's office put Becker on probation for two years. He was required to register as a sex offender and pay a fine of $2,000.

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