Lucas James Glaesman, special public defender, was in court at Hannibal on Monday, Dec. 2, on behalf of Vandyne Ervin, who is being housed in the Marion County Jail at Palmyra awaiting trial on felony receiving stolen property.
Glaesman asked the judge to reduce Ervin’s bond, which is currently set at $25,000.
The case dates back to September 2006, when Ervin entered a guilty plea to receiving stolen property, a Class C felony. He received a suspended execution of sentence, and was placed on five years probation. He was ordered to begin his sentence on Jan. 23, 2012.
In October 2013, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, reversed the conviction and sent the case back to the Marion County Circuit Court for retrial.
“The case was sent back because the public defender didn’t explain” the case to the defendant, Prosecuting Attorney Tom Redington said, “not because the case is a misdemeanor,” rather than a felony. In 2006 the case was filed as a felony, and he stands by the charges.
Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd agreed to take the bond reduction request under advisement, and set the next hearing for 9 a.m. Jan. 6, 2014.