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Jason Wooderson

A Bolivar veterinarian accused of drugging a woman with ketamine and raping her in 2013 has been sentenced in Polk County Circuit Court after taking an Alford plea.

According to court records, Jason Wooderson, born in 1978, pleaded Monday to class B felony delivery of a controlled substance before Associate Circuit Judge John C. Porter.

Through the Alford plea, Wooderson maintains his innocence but acknowledges the evidence might be enough for a conviction.

In accordance with a plea deal, a second charge — first-degree rape/attempted rape — was dismissed.

The judge formally sentenced Wooderson to 10 years in prison but suspended execution of the sentence and placed Wooderson on five years supervised probation. He was also ordered to serve 90 days shock detention under house arrest.

Polk County Prosecutor Kenneth Ashlock told the BH-FP Monday the rape charge was dismissed “per a deferred agreement with conditions.”

“If he violates the terms, it can be refiled,” Ashlock said via email, adding “evidence is being retained for that time.”

Conditions of the plea include supervision, as well as drug screening, Ashlock said.

The BH-FP previously reported Wooderson was indicted by a grand jury on June 29, 2016, for raping an incapacitated woman after knowingly administering her ketamine — a drug commonly used as a veterinary anesthetic — in December 2013.

Three previous jury trials had been scheduled, but motions for continuance were granted by the judge, according to the docket.

The Missouri Veterinary Medical Board online database indicates, as of Tuesday, Wooderson holds a Missouri veterinarian license. The license was issued on May 19, 2009. It is set to expire on Nov. 30.

The BH-FP reached out to the board regarding potential disciplinary action, including the revocation of Wooderson’s license. As of press time Tuesday, the board had not yet responded.

Associate editor Jill Way contributed to this report.

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This story leaves the reader with more questions than answers. How does a rape case go for 6 years without a trial? Why was the rape charge dropped? And why was the defendant allowed to plead to delivery of a controlled substance (which suggests a voluntary transaction) when the indictment said the defendant involuntarily drugged the victim? And how is there no actual jail time? What was the victim’s reaction to the plea deal offered by the state and the sentence imposed by the judge? I would have expected these details in the initial story. Will there be a follow up story?

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