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Missouri Prisoner's Conviction for Assaulting Guard Upheld on Appeal

On May 24, 2016, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, affirmed the conviction of a state prisoner charged with assaulting a Department of Corrections staff member. The length of the sentence imposed for the conviction was not immediately available.

The case stemmed from a jury trial where prisoner Demun Walker was charged and convicted under Missouri state law of "violence against a Department of Corrections employee," a felony. Following his conviction, Walker's direct appeal was denied. Walker then filed a motion for post-conviction relief, claiming his appellate counsel was ineffective for failing to raise a claim challenging the propriety of Walker appearing before the jury in shackles.

After the trial court conducted an evidentiary hearing, it denied Walker's motion, and he appealed under Missouri Rule of Court 29.15.

In a brief four-sentence decision, the Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction and refused to render a published opinion. See: Walker v. State of Missouri, No. WD-78395 (CA Mo.), May 24, 2016.

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Walker v. State of Missouri