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VAUGHN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX CRIMES

June 27, 2017

On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, ALEXANDER J. VAUGHN, d/o/b 1-16-1994, formerly of Kirbyville, Missouri, entered guilty pleas to felony sex crimes in two (2) separate cases, in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Circuit Judge Tony Williams accepted the guilty pleas and sentenced Vaughn, pursuant to a plea agreement, to ten (10) years in prison for sodomy in the first degree, and eight (8) years in prison for child molestation in the first degree. By agreement, Vaughn’s sentences are to run concurrently with one another.

Vaughn was arrested by Taney County Sheriff’s deputies on March 19, 2016, after a woman was awakened in the living room of Vaughn’s apartment by Vaughn having oral sex with her. The woman left Vaughn’s home right away and contacted law enforcement. Vaughn appeared intoxicated when deputies arrived and he made admissions to deputies about the crime. While awaiting trial on the sodomy charge from March, Vaughn was investigated and charged for allegedly molesting a six-year-old child early in 2016, while at home alone with the child.

Sodomy in the first degree – as charged in Vaughn’s case – is an unclassified felony, carrying a range of punishment from five (5) years to life in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The class B felony of child molestation in the first degree carries a range of punishment from five (5) years to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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COOK SENTENCED TO TWENTY-FIVE (25) YEARS FOR ARMED ROBBERIES

June 19, 2017

KIMBERLY K. COOK, d/o/b 7-27-1968, of Springfield, Missouri, was sentenced on Friday, June 16, 2017, to twenty-five (25) years in prison for the class A felony of robbery in the first degree, the class B felony of robbery in the second degree, and two unclassified felonies of armed criminal action. Judge Laura Johnson had previously accepted Cook’s guilty plea on March 1, 2017, and, on Friday, Johnson sentenced Cook to twenty-five (25) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on each of the four (4) felonies, with the sentences to run concurrently with one another.

All charges in this case stemmed from a pair of robberies committed by Cook on October 2, 2014, in the City of Branson. Cook first robbed a woman of her car in the parking lot of a local business. Cook then drove the car to a motel and robbed an employee of cash belonging to the motel. During both robberies, Cook was armed with a knife. Branson police officers caught Cook later the same day, and he was found to be in possession of a knife, the stolen cash, and the keys to the stolen vehicle. Detectives Nathan Arnett and Sean Barnwell led the investigation.

The class A felony of robbery in the first degree carries a potential prison sentence of between 10 and 30 years, or life with the possibility of parole. The class B felony of robbery in the second degree carries a sentence of between 5 and 15 years in prison. The felonies of armed criminal action carry a minimum of 3 years in prison and have no upper maximum. Cook was charged as a persistent felony offender due to his prior convictions for robbery, attempted robbery, leaving the scene of an accident, and aggravated battery. Cook’s status as a persistent felony offender enhanced the maximum penalty on the class B felony to thirty (30) years. The State had made no agreement for a specific sentence, but at sentencing asked the Court for concurrent sentences of 25 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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MARTIN PLEADS GUILTY TO TWO (2) COUNTS OF CHILD MOLESTATION

June 8, 2017

On Wednesday afternoon, June 7, 2017, TYLER W. MARTIN, d/o/b 5-19-1998, formerly of Branson, entered pleas of guilty to two (2) counts of class B felony child molestation in the first degree, in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Judge Eric Eighmy ordered a sentencing assessment report to be completed and scheduled Martin’s sentencing for August 24, 2017. Martin has no agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office regarding what sentence he will receive.

Martin admitted at his plea to molesting a thirteen-year-old girl at a motel on Green Mountain Drive, in Branson, on April 15th and April 16th of 2016. The girl disclosed the abuse on April 17, 2016, and Branson Police began investigating immediately.

These class B felonies each carry a range of punishment of five (5) years to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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MCGILL SENTENCED TO FIFTEEN YEARS FOR ROBBERY

May 25, 2017

On May 24, 2017, PAUL MCGILL, d/o/b: 6-30-1971, of Hollister, entered a guilty plea and was sentenced the same day for the class B felony of Robbery in the Second Degree in front of Associate Circuit Judge Eric Eighmy. Judge Eighmy sentenced McGill to a fifteen (15) year term in the Missouri Department of Corrections as a prior and persistent felony offender.

On October 30, 2016, the Branson Police Department responded to the Walmart on Highway 76 in response to a robbery. According to loss prevention officers with Walmart, McGill was observed acting suspiciously, entering a private bathroom in the store with merchandise. McGill then passed all points of sale with unpaid merchandise and was confronted by the loss prevention officers. McGill threatened the employees with a pellet gun and pushed his way out of the store. McGill was arrested a short time later after a brief foot pursuit with Branson police officers.

McGill was on felony probation for weapons & property offenses when this offense occurred and was sentenced to two consecutive four (4) year terms in those cases as a result of his actions in this incident.  A class B felony carries a range of punishment of five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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