The General Crimes Unit prosecutes a variety of cases ranging from misdemeanor traffic offenses to felony property crimes and white collar offenses. Traffic offenses include speeding and licensing violations, driving while intoxicated, driving while license revoked, leaving the scene of an accident, and careless and imprudent driving. Property crimes include burglary, trespass, tampering, property damage, stealing, passing bad checks, stealing rental property, failure to pay taxes, misdemeanor drug cases, and county planning and zoning violations. White collar offenses include identity theft, embezzlement, and forgeries. The General Crimes Unit attorneys are:
Stephanie Wan - First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Stephanie joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in August of 2007. Stephanie received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, majoring in Women's Studies and English. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2006. Upon graduation, Stephanie worked for the Missouri Attorney General's Office as Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division. There she handled criminal cases on appeal writing appellate briefs and making oral arguments before the Court of Appeals for both the Eastern District and Southern District of Missouri.
Stephanie began her career in the Persons Unit. Stephanie was promoted to Senior Assistant in 2011 and then to First Assistant of the Persons Unit in 2013. As a Persons Unit prosecutor, Stephanie handled child homicides, physical and sexual abuse of children, and physical and sexual abuse of adults. In May 2014, Stephanie became the First Assistant of the General Crimes Unit. In this position, she supervisors the General Crimes Attorneys while still prosecuting some sex offenses.
In addition to her official duties, Stephanie is also a certified instructor at the Springfield Police Academy and is also responsible, specifically, for teaching "Evidence-Based: Investigating and Prosecuting Domestic Violence Cases Without the Victim" to the Springfield Police Department Academy and the Drury Law Enforcement Academy. Stephanie is one of twelve attorneys from the State selected to participate in the Missouri Bar Leadership Academy for the 2013-2014 academy class. In May 2014, she was also appointed to serve on The Missouri Bar's Joint Commission on Women in the Profession.
Joseph Wright - Senior Assistant Prosecutor Attorney
Joe joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in January of 2014. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 2007. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2011. While in law school, Joe served as the Mediation Director on the Board of Advocates. He also completed internships with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Missouri. After law school, Joe served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Callaway County, Missouri from 2012 to 2014. While there he handled traffic, white collar and property offenses. Joe was promoted to Senior Assistant in May of 2014, and now handles felony property, white collar and weapons offenses.
John Herries - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
John joined the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in August of 2014. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, majoring in Political Science. In 2014, John received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law. In law school, John was on MU's mock trial team and was elected president of the Criminal Law Association. John has interned with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office, the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and participated in MU's Criminal Prosecution Clinic with the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
Zachary McFarland - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Zack joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in November of 2012. In 2005, he graduated Summa Cum Laude in the Honors College from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University), double majoring in Criminology and Sociology. Zack received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in May 2008. Prior to joining the office, Zack worked as the Greene County Election Coordinator under Greene County Clerk Richard T. Struckhoff.
James Miao - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
James joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in August of 2014. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. James received his Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. During law school, James served as the captain of the Trial Advocacy team at Washington University. James also completed internships at the Orange County District Attorney's Office as well as the Missouri State Public Defender's Office in St. Louis County.
Ryan Olson - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Ryan joined the Greene County Prosecutor Office in 2013. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Finance and Banking from the University of Missouri. He graduated with honors from Washington University School of Law in 2013. While in law school, Ryan interned for the United States Attorney's Office - Eastern District of Missouri, the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, and with two criminal defense firms.
Wyatt Dameron - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Wyatt joined the Prosecutor's Office in October of 2014 after being in private practice for three years. He is a Springfield native. Wyatt received his Bachelor's degree in political science with magna cum laude departmental honors from the University of New Mexico. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2006, where he participated in the Criminal Prosecution Clinic and studied comparative criminal justice at the University of Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. Following law school, Wyatt completed coursework in international relations at the University of Chicago, before working at a local business.