The Graven brothers
No justice for Rickey

Burlington, IA

#1 Mar 25, 2013
Missouri State Trooper Al Jones with Troop G of the Missouri State Highway Patrol escorts murder suspect Jered Graven to his waiting patrol car. Gravens and his brother Jonnathan Graven were placed into custody Nov. 19 at the Tally Ho Motel in Thayer and transported to the Thayer Police Station where they were picked up by the Highway Patrol and taken to the Howell County Sheriff's Office. Photo by Jan Thompson
THAYER -- Two West Plains brothers, Jonnathan D. Graven, 31, and Jared D. "Skip" Graven, 23, were arraigned Nov. 21 in Howell County Associate Circuit Court before Judge Don Henry. The charges of first-degree murder, second-degree arson, tampering with a motor vehicle and abandonment of a corpse were read to each man and they said "yes" they understood the charges. Both of the men were defended by Public Defender Andrew Zleit.
A press release from the Howell County Sheriff's Department said on Nov. 15, the sheriff's department was advised of a fire off KK Highway, seven miles west of West Plains. When the fire was extinguished the firefighters reported finding a body in the back seat of a car.
The property where the garage and car was burned was vacant and owned by Lee and Ann Jordan of West Plains. They are not suspected of being involved in the incident.
DNA testing concluded the man dead in the car was Rickey J. Johnson, 22, of Pottersville.
Officers with the Thayer Police Department were instrumental in the capture of the two men.
On Nov. 19, Thayer Police received a tip from Jeremy Pounders who works for the West Plains Police Department but lives in Thayer, that two men were wanted for questioning in connection with a murder in Howell County and he believed they were at a local motel in Thayer.
Howell County Investigator Shannon Caldwell wrote in a report that on the evening of Nov. 14 and the early morning hours of Nov. 15, Johnson was at the home of the Graven brothers, at county road 6340. He said several people interviewed said Johnson seemed to be under the influence of prescription medication while at the Graven home and went into Jared Graven's bedroom to lie down.
Investigators believe during the early morning hours of Nov. 15, the Graven brothers stole a quantity of methamphetamines out of Johnsons's vehicle and pockets. Caldwell said this caused an altercation to break out between the brothers and Johnson and during the fight Johnson was killed. In his statement Caldwell said that some people were told by the Graven brothers that Johnson had been hit and stomped, causing his death.
Following his death, Johnson was placed in his 1994 Chevrolet Beretta and driven to the garage. After the garage and car were burned, Jared Graven drove Johnson's 1994 Chevrolet truck to Johnson's home and parked it next to his home.
During an interview, Caldwell said in his statement that Jared Graven admitted Johnson was at his home on Nov. 14 and 15 and that he had stolen a quantity of methamphetamine out of Johnson's vehicle and then driven the vehicle to Johnson's home. Caldwell also wrote that Jared Graven said he had taken a mattress from his bedroom that day and burned it. Jonnathan Graven said he saw his brother burn the mattress on Nov 15.
Both of the brothers have been in trouble with the law before and were both out of prison on parole after drug and theft convictions.
In court activities Nov. 21, Judge Henry told the brothers that if convicted on the murder charge, they could be sentenced to death or life in prison.
They R Patsy Sigmans sons

Burlington, IA

#2 Mar 25, 2013
Jared "Skip" Graven Sentenced To Life In Prison For Ricky Johnson's Murder:

One of two brothers charged with murder last November in Howell County has been sentenced to life in prison as prior and persistent offender for the death of 22 year-old Ricky Joe Johnson of Pottersville.
Twenty-three year old Jared "Skip" Graven (a.) pleaded guilty to reduced charges of voluntary manslaughter, tampering with a motor vehicle and abandonment of a corpse in Texas county where the case was moved on a change of venue from.

Jared "Skip" Graven was originally charged with first-degree murder, tampering with a motor vehicle, arson and abandonment of a corpse.

Investigators found Ricky Johnson's body in the back seat of his car, inside a burning garage on the property of a rural West Plains farmhouse that was undergoing renovation after a passerby called in the fire.

Prosecutors say that a fight over methamphetamine led to Johnson's death. Court documents indicate that Ricky J. Johnson was at the home of Jared Graven and his brother Jonnathan (b.) late in the evening of November 14th and the early morning hours of November 15th, 2008.

In the probable cause statement, investigators say that Johnson was under the influence of prescription medication when he went to lay down in the bedroom of Jared Graven. The document goes on to state that while Johnson was sleeping the Graven brothers stole meth out of the pockets of Johnson's pants and vehicle.

When Johnson awoke he confronted the Graven brothers about the missing drugs and a fight broke out in which Johnson was "hit and stomped" by the Graven brothers, causing his death.

Investigator Shannon Caldwell writes in his report that after placing Johnson's body in the young mans newly purchased car, Jared Graven drove Johnson's vehicle to a rural Howell County farmhouse.

Once there authorities say the brothers parked the vehicle in the garage and torched it.

When officers served a search warrant on the residence of the Gravens at 3823 County Road 6340 near West Plains on November 18th, they noticed that there was no bed in Jared Gravens bedroom, and that there was fresh paint in different rooms in the house, as well as new linoleum and carpet in different parts of the house.

During that search investigators seized several articles that appeared to have blood evidence on them.

Cops finally caught up with the brothers at the Tally Ho Motel in Thayer on November 19th. Court documents say that during a search of the room and a pick-up truck the Graven's were driving, "blood evidence was located and collected from the inside of the vehicle."

Jonnathan Graven's second degree murder trial is scheduled to begin in September in Butler County where it was moved on a change of venue.
They R Patsy Sigmans sons

Burlington, IA

#3 Mar 25, 2013
Jonnathan Graven Sentenced To Twenty Years For Johnson's Murder:

Jonnathan Graven

A Howell County man was sentenced today to 20 in prison for the November 2008 death of 22 year-old Ricky Joe Johnson.

Jonnathan D. Graven, 33, had been charged with second-degree murder, but entered an Alford plea to voluntary manslaughter. An Alford plea is where a defendant does not admit guilt but agrees that there is sufficient evidence for a conviction if the case were to go to trial.

Investigators found Johnson's body in the back seat of his car inside a burning garage on the property of a rural West Plains farmhouse that was undergoing renovation after a passerby called in the fire.

Prosecutors say that a fight over methamphetamine led to Johnson's death. Court documents reveal that Johnson was at the home of Jared and Jonnathan Graven late in the evening of November 14th and the early morning hours of November 15th, 2008.

In the probable cause statement, investigators say that Johnson was under the influence of prescription medication when he went to lay down in the bedroom of Jared Graven. The document goes on to state that while Johnson was sleeping the Graven brothers stole meth out of the pockets of Johnson's pants and vehicle.

When Johnson awoke he confronted the Graven brothers about the missing drugs and a fight broke out in which Johnson was "hit and stomped" by the Graven brothers, causing his death.

Investigator Shannon Caldwell writes in his report that after placing Johnson's body in the young mans newly purchased car, Jared Graven drove Johnson's vehicle to a rural Howell County farmhouse. Once there authorities say the brothers parked the vehicle in the garage and torched it.

When officers served a search warrant on the residence of the Gravens at 3823 County Road 6340 near West Plains on November 18th, they noticed that there was no bed in Jared Gravens bedroom, there was fresh paint in different rooms in the house, as well as new linoleum and carpet in different parts of the house. During that search investigators seized several articles that appeared to have blood evidence on them.

Cops finally caught up with the brothers at the Tally Ho Motel in Thayer on November 19th. Court documents say that during a search of the room and a pick-up truck the Graven's were driving, "blood evidence was located and collected from the inside of the vehicle."

Jonnathan Graven, whose trial was moved to Butler County on a change of venue, was charged as a prior and persistent offender which changed the class of his felony conviction.

Jared Graven
Jared Graven, who was also charged with second-degree murder, pleaded guilty in last May to voluntary manslaughter, tampering with a motor vehicle and abandonment of a corpse.
He was sentenced to life in prison, which is 30 years in Missouri, on the manslaughter charge and seven years for tampering with a motor vehicle and abandonment of a corpse in Texas County where where his case was moved a change of venue from. Those sentences are to be served concurrently (at the same time.)

Posted by Kathee Baird at 6:56 PM
Ur point is

Ozark, MO

#4 Mar 26, 2013
Just curious...what's your point in posting this? Yes, we know the Graven boys committed a serious crime. Yes, we know they are Patsy's (and Danny's) sons. The boys grew up here. We know them. We know their parents. We even knew their grandparents and the rest of their family. What we don't know is why you feel it necessary to try to point fingers at Patsy and that is how it seems to me.

Just so you know, we LOVE Patsy in this town. No one blames her for what her sons did. She raised them right and, as adults, they made some bad decisions that tear her heart out. How about you pull the skeletons from your closet (and your family's closet) and let people read about them?

Patsy, we love you and know what an awesome person and mother you are!

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