LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Mo.- An Odessa, Mo., was sentenced to a total of 12 years in the Department of Corrections on drug and weapon charges after he was found guilty following a two-day trial in Lafayette County Circuit Court.

According to a release from Kristen Ellis Hilbrenner, the Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney, Josh Lockhart, 30, was found guilty by a Lafayette County jury on February 2, 2018, of felony possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, felony unlawful use of a weapon for possessing a firearm while also possessing methamphetamine, and felony unlawful possession of a weapon for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The jury reached its verdict following the two-day trial litigated by Lafayette County Assistant Prosecutor Julie Cahalane.

Josh Lockhart
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The charges were filed after the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a residence occupied by Lockhart in Odessa on June 10, 2017. Lockhart, who fled when law enforcement arrived, was apprehended and taken into custody. During a search of the area where Lockhart was living, law enforcement located methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a firearm.

On March 19, 2018, Lockhart was sentenced to six years on the possession charge, three years for unlawful use of a weapon and six years for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The six year sentences will run consecutively to one another, and the three sentence will run concurrently, for a total of 12 years in the Department of Corrections.

Lockhart was already on felony probation for tampering with physical evidence and had a three year sentence on his record when he was charged with these new offenses. Therefore, the court revoked that probation and executed the three year sentence with the 12 years from the more recent case running consecutively to that three year sentence, for a total of 15 years in the Department of Corrections.