The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

July 17, 2012

Rural Reeds man pleads guilty in offender case

A rural Reeds man has pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender in Jasper County and will be sentenced in September.

Gary E. Hamer, 61, pleaded guilty to the felony at a hearing Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin.

Hamer’s plea was part of a deal with the Jasper County prosecutor’s office that would limit the prison time he might be assessed to no more than two years. The conviction carries up to five years in prison. Circuit Judge David Dally ordered the completion of a sentencing-assessment report on the defendant and set his sentencing hearing for Sept. 24.

Court records state that Hamer was arrested for the offense March 7 of this year when a detective with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department went to his home to question him about an outstanding warrant issued in Oregon.

Hamer had been convicted in Jackson County, Ore., in 1995 for sodomy, sexual abuse and display of sexual conduct to a child but had failed to register as a sex offender with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department since moving to Missouri in recent years, according to court documents.

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