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General Crimes


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:


Nhan D. Nguyen - First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Nhan joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in July of 2005. Nhan received his undergraduate degree in 1999 from the University of Kansas, with a major in Business Administration. In 2004, Nhan received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law. Nhan began his prosecuting career in the General Crimes Unit where he prosecuted a variety of offenses. In 2007, Nhan became a member of the Major Crimes Unit and was assigned to handle the specialty courts. Both the DWI Court and Drug Court received national recognition while Nhan was the primary prosecutor handling those dockets. Nhan has tried a variety of jury trials including murder, assaults, robberies, and distribution of a controlled substance. Nhan returned to the General Crimes Unit in September of 2010 as a senior assistant. In 2012, Nhan was promoted to the First Assistant position where he supervises the general crimes attorneys in addition to handling his own case load. Nhan is also an instructor at the Springfield Police Academy as a POST certified instructor.

Christopher Hoeman, Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Chris joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in January 2011, and is from Springfield, Missouri. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 2003, and graduated from the University of Missouri, School of Law in 2010. Chris began his prosecuting career in the Child Support Unit and transferred into the General Crimes Unit in 2012. In 2013, Chris was promoted to the position of Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney where he is responsible for prosecuting felony property cases and vehicular assaults.


Kevin Young - Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Kevin joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in March of 2010. Kevin is a Southwest Missouri native from Marshfield who served in the Marines before going to law school. In 2006, Kevin received an undergraduate degree from Drury University in History. In 2009, Kevin received his Juris Doctorate from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia. While in law school, Kevin was a senior editor of the Regent Journal for Law and Public Policy and served as the Legal Research and Writing Coordinator for the Regent University Moot Court Board. Kevin was also selected to be a student member of the James Kent Inn of Courts. Kevin is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and Virginia.

Kevin initially worked in the Child Support Unit before transferring to General Crimes in 2011. In 2013, Kevin was promoted to the position of Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Kevin prosecutes felony property cases and white collar crime cases.


Joseph Arnold - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Joseph joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in January of 2013. A native of Springfield, Missouri, Joseph graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University in 2007 with a major in History and a minor in Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California in 2010. While in law school, Joseph attained a certificate in European and International Economic Law from Universität Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany. Prior to joining the Prosecutor’s Office, Joseph practiced law with a private local firm.


Jennifer Crancer – Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Jennifer joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in January of 2013. Jennifer received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Wheaton College in 2009. During her collegiate years, she interned in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. where she worked with her hometown Congressman on matters before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. She then attended Saint Louis University School of Law, where she focused her studies on taxation and spent two summers representing clients in business litigation and estate planning matters. She also worked for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in the litigation division as a Rule 13 intern. Jennifer received her Juris Doctorate in 2012. Jennifer is primarily responsible for cases involving bad checks.


Dawn Diel – Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Dawn joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in December of 2012. In 2005, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Saint Louis University. Dawn received a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Missouri St. Louis in 2008. In 2012, Dawn received her Juris Doctorate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. During law school, Dawn was an editor on Washington University’s Journal of Law and Policy and co-founded Washington University’s Criminal Law Society. Dawn completed internships at the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, and the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office while in law school and a clinic at the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office in St. Louis County.


Jake Kohut – Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Jake joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in June of 2013. Jake is a St. Louis native and a proud alumnus of the University of Missouri, where he studied political science, Spanish, and law. While in law school, Jake served as an editor for the Missouri Law Review and as the Mock Trial Director for the Board of Advocates. He earned his Juris Doctor in 2012 and was named to the Order of the Barristers


Jody Larison - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Jody Larison joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in August of 2012. Jody is a 2004 graduate of the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism. Jody worked on a political campaign directly after graduation and then in 2005, she joined the office of Governor Matt Blunt in Jefferson City, Missouri. Jody initially worked as a policy analyst and in August of 2007 she was promoted to Director of Legislative Affairs. In 2011, she received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law, where she was the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Dispute Resolution. From May 2011 to August 2012, Jody clerked for the Honorable W. Brent Powell in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri.


Zachary McFarland – Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Zack joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in November of 2012. In 2005, he graduate 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 for the 2012 election cycle, under Greene County Clerk Richard T. Struckhoff.


Ida Shafaie – Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Ida joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August of 2013 and is a native of Cape Girardeau Missouri. In 2010, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Humanities and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Missouri. Ida attended the University of Missouri School of Law where she was involved in the Board of Advocates and the Criminal Prosecution Clinic. She received her Juris Doctorate in 2013.