Following nearly a one-year suspension during the COVID-19 pandemic, jury trials have resumed in Scott County. Officials say , the first post COVID-19 trial, which was held Feb. 22, was a criminal prosecution of Cornelius Perkins for a first-degree assault charge occurring in the Scott County jail while Perkins was incarcerated there on another charge. Judge David A. Dolan presided over the trial. The jury returned a guilty verdict following a short deliberation, officials say. Sentencing for Perkins was held on April 15, following a sentencing assessment report that was prepared by Missouri Department of Probation and Parole. Oesch said she addressed Perkins’ lengthy criminal history, and violent tendencies as reasons Dolan should sentence Perkins to a lengthy sentence. Following arguments by the attorneys, Dolan sentenced Perkins to 25 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.