A Boone County judge has suspended the probation of Kelvin Joe, the man who was ordered to serve two years of unsupervised probation for trespassing on Columbia Public Schools property last spring.
Joe, 54, was sentenced to 180 days in jail on June 12, but the execution of that sentence was suspended in lieu of the probation. On July 8, Division 11 Associate Circuit Judge Stephanie Morrell reviewed assistant prosecuting attorney Roger Johnson’s motion to revoke the probation and granted a suspension.
Morrell scheduled a probation violation hearing for July 30 for Joe, who was arrested on suspicion of driving while his license was revoked after pleading guilty to the trespassing charge. The judge will decide during the hearing if Joe should do jail time or get another shot at probation.
Johnson said Joe was ordered not to violate any laws as a condition of his probation.
“We’re alleging in the motion of probation that he did commit a new violation of the law,” Johnson said. “Whenever we file a new charge and somebody is on probation, we generally will also file a motion to revoke to the probation case.”
Joe’s trespassing charge came after he continued to visit Columbia schools and approach children after police issued him a order to stay away from schools. Joe told authorities he was visiting the schools and the children to bless them.
Johnson could not comment on whether Joe is the same person that was reported to be approaching children at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday. Those reports prompted police to increase patrols in public parks.
An April 9 probable cause statement regarding Joe’s first arrest on a charge of driving while revoked indicated he has multiple prior arrests for driving while intoxicated, stealing, passing bad checks, domestic assault, robbery and other crimes.
Joe was booked into the Boone County Jail on Tuesday but was released on $250 bond.