CHARGES FILED AGAINST FOURTH SUSPECT IN ALLEGED BURGLARY LA MONTE

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The fourth suspect in an alleged burglary that took place in Pettis County last month has been formally charged with two felonies after he recovered in an area hospital from a gunshot wound.

According to online court documents, on Wednesday, February 15, a warrant was issued and 18-year-old Allen Deitas, of La Monte, was arrested and charged with a Class B Felony for Burglary in the First Degree and a Class A Felony for Stealing in relation to an incident that occurred at Frog Hollow Apartments in La Monte on Saturday, January 21.

A probable-cause statement filed with the Pettis County Circuit Court says during the burglary, the perpetrators reportedly stole a pistol. When confronted by the resident of the apartment and allegedly pointing the stolen pistol at him, the resident fired his own gun, hitting Allen Deitas, who was transported to a hospital in Columbia for treatment. The resident of the property, who was deemed to have acted in self defense, will not be charged, according to the Pettis County Prosecutor.

Bond for Allen Deitas, whose court proceedings are pending, was set at $75,000 cash or surety.

The other three persons allegedly involved in the burglary– 22-year-old Piaget Deitas, of La Monte, 22-year-old Joyter Meseky, of Sedalia, and 23-year-old Alexander Alexander, of Sedalia– already are facing a Class B Felony charge for Burglary in the First Degree. Alexander is facing a Class D Felony for Forgery and three misdemeanor charges, as well.

Court documents state Piaget Deitas appeared in court via video on February 14. His case has been continued for another hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28. A preliminary hearing for Meseky also is scheduled for the same time frame. Alexander has hearings set for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, for all of his charges.