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Columbia man accused in carjacking pleads guilty to three felonies

Nathan Kessler
Nathan Kessler
Nathan Kessler


A Columbia man who was accused in a carjacking in August pleaded guilty on Monday to three felonies.

Nathan Kessler, 29, pleaded guilty to first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful gun possession. He want sentenced to eight years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and will have to complete a substance-abuse program. Kessler is still listed on the Boone County Jail roster.

McKayla Whitehead, 26, of Columbia was also charged with second-degree drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance. A hearing is set for 8:55 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15. In another case, she was charged with drug possession. A hearing has not been set in that case.

Sheldon Grayson, 31, of Columbia, was also charged with second-degree drug trafficking, possession of a controlled substance and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. A hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday. He is being held at the Boone County Jail without bond. In another case, he pleaded guilty to unlawful gun possession and was sentenced to probation with a suspended sentence of seven years.

According to previous reporting, the three were accused of being involved in a carjacking on North Keene Street in August.

According to the report, police say in court documents that they viewed video from a nearby hotel showing the three arguing in a parking lot with another person. Kessler was allegedly seen pulling out a handgun, before getting in the victim's vehicle and driving off, according to the report.

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