Court Update: Summers and Cooper plead guilty

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Two legal proceedings involving Missouri Western led to guilty pleas over the winter break.

Marcus Anthony Cooper was arrested at Missouri Western on Nov. 13 for unlawful use of a weapon defined by Missouri statutes as exhibiting “in the presence of one or more persons, any weapon readily capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner.” Bond was set in the amount of $10,000 cash only, and Cooper was to not have to contact with the victim.

Cooper plead not guilty on Dec. 3, but on Dec. 17, the day the trial was set to begin, Cooper entered a guilty plea. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 28.

James F. Summers III, a former Western employee was arrested on Sept. 28 for second-degree statutory sodomy. Missouri Legislation states that “a person commits the offense of statutory sodomy in the second degree if being twenty-one years of age or older, he or she has deviate sexual intercourse with another person who is less than seventeen years of age.” Bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety, and Summers was to have no contact with the victim and to not to attend Western athletic events.

On Dec. 17, Summers pleaded not guilty. The court issued standard pre-trial orders and the case was set for a hearing on Jan. 3. At the hearing he plead guilty. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 8. Summers is currently free on bond.