STREAMING NOW: Watch Now
CLOSINGS: View Closings

St. Joseph police officer pleads guilty to assault, resigns from police force

Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney Ronald Holliday announced Monday that former St. Joseph police officer Sgt. James Langston pled guilty to misdemeanor assault in the fourth degree after allegedly assaulting a handcuffed suspect back in April 2021.

Posted: May 24, 2021 10:23 AM
Updated: May 25, 2021 10:45 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney Ronald Holliday announced Monday that former St. Joseph police officer Sgt. James Langston pled guilty to misdemeanor assault in the fourth degree after allegedly assaulting a handcuffed suspect back in April 2021.

As part of a plea agreement, Langston resigned from the St. Joseph Police Department and must surrender his peace officers license to the State of Missouri within 10 days. Additionally, Langston was ordered to pay court costs and was placed on two years of probation to the court.

A probable cause statement filed with the case alleges that Langston struck the victim, Navada McEvoy, with an open hand multiple times and that the suspect was restrained in handcuffs at the time of the assault and not physically resisting officers. No injuries were sustained from the assault.

Langston was charged with the misdemeanor of assault in the fourth degree against a “special victim.” It was alleged that the victim was a special victim under Missouri Law because he was handcuffed, and thus a “vulnerable person”, as specified by Statute.

Assault in the Fourth Degree against a “special victim” is a Class A Misdemeanor in Missouri and the range of punishment is up to one year in the county jail, and/or a fine not to exceed $2,000.00.

St. Joseph
Clear
92° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 90°
Maryville
Partly Cloudy
93° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 89°
Savannah
Clear
92° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 90°
Cameron
Partly Cloudy
92° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 89°
Atchison
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 89°
Above average temperatures are set to continue tomorrow with highs in the lower 90s. Tomorrow the humidity will stay on the lower side, so the heat index should feel very close to the air temperatures. Humidity will start to build on Monday as sunshine continues. Temperatures look to stay above average in the 90s for most of the work week with very minimal rain chances. Temperatures will cool down into the mid to upper 80s by the weekend.
KQTV Radar
KQTV Temperatures
KQTV Alerts
   

Best of St. Joe

 

Community Events