Woolery sentenced to 14 years in prison

Posted 10/6/21

 An Owensville man who went to trial in late June and was found guilty of first-degree child molestation was sentenced Oct. 1 to 14 years in prison.

Owensville police detective Rob Green …

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Woolery sentenced to 14 years in prison

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 An Owensville man who went to trial in late June and was found guilty of first-degree child molestation was sentenced Oct. 1 to 14 years in prison.

Owensville police detective Rob Green worked the cases against Garry A. Woolery since it began in July of 2016. The child was interviewed by the Children’s Advocacy Center of East Central Missouri in August 2016 which led to Woolery’s arrest and child molestation charges.

The child, who testified against Woolery is now 12 and was “very credible,” said Green this summer after the guilty verdict by a Franklin County jury in a three-day proceeding in Union.

“It is good to see justice served, especially when the victim is a child,” said Green in a statement released Monday. “The results of this case are from the teamwork of everyone involved. Everyone worked hard and worked together over the last five years and that is what makes a case successful.”

Formal sentencing was handled by Phelps County Circuit Judge William Hickle who handled the case following a change of judge request. Woolery was found guilty of child molestation by a jury in a three day trial. The jury recommended a 14 year sentence, according to Green. The maximum sentence that could be imposed was 15 years. 

Woolery must serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole or probation due to child molestation being considered a dangerous felony by the State of Missouri. 

Green and the Owensville Police Department thanked the Gasconade County Prosecutor, Mary Weston, and her staff, Hermann Police Officer Mason Griffith, also a former deputy with the Gasconade County Sheriff’s office, the Children’s Advocacy Center of East Central Missouri, and the Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division.

“We all worked hard together doing our parts and I am grateful for the successful result of this case,” said Green.

Woolery had been jailed since his conviction.

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