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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Willcoxson gets additional sentences

  • After a sentencing hearing Thursday morning, Cody Willcoxson, 31, of Southwest City, now knows that he will spend at least the next 59.5 years of his life in a Missouri prison.
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  • After a sentencing hearing Thursday morning, Cody Willcoxson, 31, of Southwest City, now knows that he will spend at least the next 59.5 years of his life in a Missouri prison.
    He will reach his 91st birthday before being eligible for parole, and could serve another 10.5 years after that.
    "We are satisfied with the disposition." Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger said. "We think it is appropriate under the circumstances."
    Willcoxson was charged with more than two dozen felonies in Phelps County and five more in Pulaski County in May 2010 after shooting at officers while leading them on a high-speed pursuit.
    The pursuit began after Willcoxson drove through the gate to Fort Leonard Wood with an AK-47 in the backseat of the car he was driving. He immediately made a U-turn and left the installation, and St. Robert Police Department attempted to pull him over.
    Willcoxson lead the officers down Interstate 44 and into the city limits of Rolla, where he travelled down Kingshighway to Sixth Street and eventually to the campus at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He shot 90 rounds of ammunition as police attempted to apprehend him.
    Once on campus, Willcoxson wrecked the Dodge Magnum he was driving, ran into McNutt Hall with the firearm and disappeared.
    Police would later learn that he had ran out of the university building across Highway 63, broke into a house and stolen a car.
    He would later be found driving that car approximately 15 miles south of Rolla, thanks to calls made by concerned citizens.
    Officers were then able to arrest him after another short pursuit.
    Willcoxson took plea bargains in both counties earlier this summer, entering guilty pleas to two counts of first degree assault on a law enforcement officer in Pulaski County and three counts first degree assault on a law enforcement officer and one count first degree burglary in Phelps County. All other charges were dropped.
    According to Beger, Willcoxson will have to serve 85 percent of all sentences in prison before being eligible to seek parole.
    Willcoxson will first serve his sentence for the Pulaski County charges first, 30 years each that he will serve concurrently.
    He will then serve three 30 year sentences for first degree assault on a law enforcement officer in Phelps County. Those sentences will also run concurrent to each other, although not to the Pulaski County charges.
    Once that set of sentences is complete, he will have another 10 year sentence to serve for the charge of first degree burglary.
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