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Dakota Bland

Dakota Bland

Greenville, Mo. — A 25-year-old West Plains, Mo., man pled guilty today, April 4, to two charges of felony assault before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Kelley W. Parker and was sentenced to serve 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. He was sentenced to serve 10 years concurrently for each charge. This means he will only serve 10 years.
A spokesman for the Wayne County Clerk’s office told the Hill ’n Holler Review that Dakota Bland was sentenced to 10 years for each count and they will be served concurrently.
Bland was granted a change of venue, from Howell County to Wayne County, in December, 2015.
He was accused of shooting into a West Plains residence on St. Louis St. in September and wounding two of the residents of the home, Rick and James Blair. A witness to the shooting said he was wearing a red hoodie and a bandana over the lower part of his face during the attack. Police found the hoodie and bandana at Bland’s residence.
Bland had also been charged with two counts of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a firearm and lst degree burglary.
Bland pled not guilty to all six charges on Feb. 1, and a trial setting was scheduled for April 4.
Some of the evidence against Bland included a recorded conversation between him and a detainee in which he referred to himself as the “stick-up kid”.
To view the probable cause statement for the case, click Probable Cause Amended – Dakota Bland.
Bland was represented by special public defender Rebecca Hester of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

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