Local veterinarian, Robert Barnett, receives sentence for DWI charge


Robert Barnett

Robert Barnett, 67, of Fulton was sentenced to five years in jail yesterday after pleading guilty to DWI charges from October and July, according to Missouri case.net.

Barnett received a five-year sentence for the October offense and a four-year sentence from to July offense to run simultaneously.

Barnett was arrested on Oct. 31 in the parking lot of his large animal clinic after he struck his employee’s vehicle. Barnett was originally charged with leaving the scene of an accident, but that charge was dropped, according to Missouri case net.

The DWI charge from October, which he received the five-year punishment for, was Barnett’s fifth. He previously arrested for his fourth DWI charge in July 2013.

Judge Jodie Asel recommended Barnett for the 559 program if he is found eligible for it. The program is designed for inmates with addiction problems and is outlined in Missouri revised statutes chapter 559.

If Barnett successfully completes the program, he could be released after 120 days, according Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson.

In November, Barnett appeared in court for a preliminary hearing and arraignment. One of his attorneys, Daniel Bannister, filed a motion for bond reduction under the condition that Barnett would wear a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol monitor. That motion was denied.


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