Phillip M. Treaster’s father took advantage of a court recess Monday afternoon in order to have a frank discussion in the courtroom with his son, scheduled for an appearance before Judge John J. Jackson in Marion County Court at Hannibal.
“I seen your son at my house, he was crying his eyes out,” the elder Mr. Treaster said to his 26-year-old son, dressed in a county orange jumpsuit with handcuffs and a chain shackle. Mr. Treaster made reference to the last 30 days that Phillip Treaster has spent in the Marion County jail at Palmyra. “Do you think that’s the kind of life you want to live?”
Phillip, who has been a pod mate at the Palmyra jail with his brother, James Treaster, assured Mr. Treaster that he will not look to his incarcerated brother as a mentor.
“He’s a dummy,” Phillip said. “We don’t think the same way. I don’t like people who kid themselves.”
Phillip Treaster, who has no prior felony convictions, learned of the plea negotiation on his behalf from his public defender during the court recess.
“I got those charges (assault of a law enforcement officer, and felonious restraint) beat,” he told his father. "I learned me a good little lesson, Daddy,” he said.
After he was sworn in before the judge, Phillip M. Treaster answered a series of questions posed by Judge Jackson.
“Are you indeed guilty of the charges?” Judge Jackson asked. Phillip Treaster, sitting upright at the defense table, paused, and then answered “Yes.”
“Has any law enforcement officer mistreated you in any manner?” the judge asked. After a two-second pause, Treaster answered “No.”
Phillip Treaster described, in his own words, what he had done that led to his arrest.
“On that day I decided to ingest K2. Unfortunately it is a growing epidemic in this town. I started hallucinating. I perceived Sandy (Hilton) as an enemy when she picked up a boiling pot of water. I’m sure I scared the living daylights out of her.”
Later, he said, “As I sat on the porch with Officer Wilt … I tried to shove him out of my way.”
The incident occurred on July 9, 2014, in Hannibal.
The judge granted Treaster a Suspended Imposition of Sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation. If Treaster successfully completes the probation, he will not have a felony conviction on his record.
With the sentence came some sound advice from the judge.
“Do you think you can obey all the laws” during your probation? Judge Jackson asked. “Absolutely,” Phillip Treaster answered.
“You are facing 14 years (in prison) if you test positive for K2,” Jackson said, and Phillip Treaster nodded. “I wish you the best of luck,” the judge said.
“I will behave myself, your honor.”
Treaster was given credit for the 30 days he has already served in the county jail, and he was scheduled to be released from custody later Monday afternoon.
He told his father he would start looking for work immediately. “I’m not going to ask to live with anyone unless I get a job,” he said. Otherwise, “I guess I’ll go to Hope House.”