Most wanted man pleads guilty

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Fairview man who was on the Barry County most wanted list pleaded guilty recently to a trio of charges stemming from an October arrest.

Joseph Trolinger, 34, of Fairview, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, a class D felony, possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, a class C felony.

He was sentenced to 120 days of jail time for each charge, running concurrently.

The charges stemmed from an incident in October, where Barry County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Hutson was doing follow-up with a family that had been living in the open near a low-water bridge for about two months, at the intersection of State Highway T and Farm Road 2065. The couple, Trolinger and Kellie Wilson, 26, of Pierce City, had three children living with them, who were five months, three years and seven years old.

Huston said he contacted The Point in Cassville, which offered to help the family, so the group began traveling to Cassville. After packing up their belongings, Hutson said he would buy food for the children at McDonald's if the couple would stop by there. Hutson then walked the area and found a loaded syringe in front of the couple's vehicle, along with a bag of filters, which Trolinger identified as his.

Hutson began following the family to McDonald's when Trolinger's vehicle slid off the road on Highway B, approximately two miles from Highway 37. Huston's report said he then realized Trolinger was listed on the Barry County Sheriff Office's most wanted list, and he advised Trolinger there was a warrant out for his arrest.

Trolinger asked Hutson not to take him to jail. Hutson then attempted to put him in handcuffs when Wilson stepped between the two and pushed Hutson as Trolinger attempted to escape on foot. According to the report, Wilson began coming at Huston aggressively, forcing him to use pepper spray against her. Trolinger then stopped and was handcuffed, and an officer from the Purdy Police Department arrived and placed Wilson in restraints, as she was allegedly attempting to get back in the vehicle.

Deputy Al Zabala then arrived at the scene and contacted the family of Wilson, who came to pick up the three children.

Wilson is facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child, a class C felony, resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor. She met a $15,000 bond and will appear for a disposition hearing on Jan. 20, 2015.

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