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ARMED ROBBER SENTENCED TO TEN (10) YEARS IN PRISON

October 12, 2017

On Thursday afternoon, October 12, 2017, JUAN C. RODRIGUEZ, d/o/b 07-17-1998, formerly of Candelaria, Puerto Rico, was sentenced to ten (10) years in prison for the class A felony of robbery in the first degree, in the Circuit Corut of Taney County. Judge Eric Eighmy sentenced Rodriguez after hearing arguments from the defendant and the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office

Rodriguez entered his guilty plea on July 20, 2017 and admitted to robbing the Dalton’s Express in Branson late last year with two other individuals – Jorge Ortez-Velez and Chris Borges-Besares. The trio entered the Dalton’s Express store with loaded guns and threatened the clerk and a customer in the business. They made off with $502 in cash and were caught a short time later thanks to the quick response of the Branson Police Department.

Sentencing is pending on Borges-Besares and Ortez-Velez, both of whom entered guilty pleas on earlier dates. Borges-Besares is set for October 26, while Ortez-Velez is set to be sentenced on January 2, 2018.

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GLIDEWELL PLEADS GUILTY IN 2016 TRAFFIC FATALITY

October 6, 2017

MICHAEL D. GLIDEWELL, d/o/b 5-04-1960, of Branson, pleaded guilty to two (2) felonies on Thursday, October 5, 2017, before Taney County Judge Eric Eighmy. Glidewell entered pleas of guilty to the class B felony of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree, and the class C felony of driving while intoxicated as an aggravated offender. The class B felony carries a maximum sentence of fifteen (15) years in prison, and the class C felony carries a maximum sentence of seven (7) years in prison. As Glidewell has no agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office about what sentence he will receive, he faces a maximum punishment of up to twenty-two (22) years. Judge Eighmy scheduled Glidewell’s sentencing for January 23, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., in Taney County.

On the morning of November 30, 2016, Glidewell was driving a cement truck for a commercial business in the area of Mount Branson, when his truck overturned and fell onto a passenger car. The driver of the passenger car was killed. Glidewell was found by Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers to be running the cement mixer at an unsafe speed for conditions, driving at an excessive speed, as well as operating the truck while his blood alcohol level was 0.092%.

The D.W.I. offense occurred on November 25, 2016, on Missouri Highway 125, at Fall Creek Drive. A trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol stopped Glidewell for having expired registration on his automobile. Once the traffic stop was initiated, it was clear that Glidewell was intoxicated. Eventually, a breath sample provided by Glidewell showed his blood alcohol level to be 0.158%. The D.W.I. was charged as a class C felony because Glidewell had at least three (3) prior alcohol-related driving convictions.

Glidewell’s cases had been transferred to Stone County in anticipation of trial, due to a change of venue motion filed by the defense. Both cases were scheduled to go to trial, in Stone County, in January of 2018.

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DRUG TRAFFICKER PLEADS GUILTY TO ENHANCED FELONY

October 3, 2017

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, BECKA A. TIPTON, d/o/b: 10-26-1972, of Springfield, Missouri, entered a guilty plea to the class C felony of trafficking drugs in the second degree in front of Circuit Court Judge Tony W. Williams. The plea was entered pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s office.

On January 15, 2017, Tipton was stopped by a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper for speeding on US Highway 65, north of Branson. When Tipton was contacted, the trooper smelled the strong odor of marijuana. Upon questioning, Tipton admitted to having methamphetamine in her purse. Troopers also discovered two plastic baggies outside of the vehicle containing what they believed to be methamphetamine. All of the substances were sent to the state crime lab where it was discovered Tipton had possessed over 100 grams of methamphetamine.

Normally, trafficking drugs is a class C felony that carries between three (3) and ten (10) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, but Tipton is a prior and persistent felony offender, enhancing her possible maximum punishment to fifteen (15) years. Pursuant to a plea agreement, the prosecutor’s office will argue for a twelve (12) year prison sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for December 5, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

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INGALSBE JAILED FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

September 28, 2017

On Thursday afternoon, September 28, 2017, Scott Ingalsbe, d/o/b: 10-25-1961, of Reeds Spring, Missouri, was sentenced by Taney County Associate Circuit Court Judge Tiffany Yarnell to serve one (1) year in jail, with another one (1) year suspended. On June 28, 2017, Ingalsbe was found guilty of two counts of sexual misconduct in the first degree, after a nine (9) woman, three (3) man jury deliberated for just over one hour.

Judge Tiffany Yarnell, who presided over the three day trial – which began on Monday, June 26, 2017 – heard arguments from the attorneys on the case, on Thursday afternoon. Before pronouncing sentence, Judge Yarnell told Ingalsbe that she thought that ordering him to serve consecutive one-year jail sentences would be appropriate in this case.

“It was clear that Judge Yarnell was inclined to sentence Mr. Ingalsbe to consecutive sentences, and to have him serve two (2) years straight in the county jail. By asking Judge Yarnell to consider sentencing Mr. Ingalsbe to jail for one (1) year, followed by supervised probation in the community for two (2) years – with special requirements – our goal is to punish Mr. Ingalsbe for the crime he committed, as well as take measures to ensure community safety upon his release,” said Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell. “If he violates his probation over that two year probation period, he could be sent back to jail to serve the remaining year in jail.”

Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell and Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Christopher W. Lebeck presented evidence at trial that on July 19, 2016, Scott Ingalsbe was hiding in some weeds or bushes beside the sidewalk running between the Branson Rec-Plex and Wal-Mart – a common path for area runners and walkers. Two (2) power-walkers, were startled when Ingalsbe came out of the bushes by the sidewalk naked, masturbating. Ingalsbe fled the scene in his unique blue and white pickup truck.

Additional evidence presented was that later – on the morning of September 30, 2016 – three (3) mothers were playing with their children at the Branson Rec-Plex playground. One of the women observed Ingalsbe under the pavilion pointing his phone at the playground with his genitals exposed, masturbating. Ingalsbe fled the scene in his unique blue and white pickup truck.

The range of punishment for the class A misdemeanor of sexual misconduct in the first degree is one (1) day to one (1) year in the Taney County Jail and/or a fine not to exceed $1,000.00. The jury did not get to hear evidence of Ingalsbe’s prior convictions for sexual misconduct, because Ingalsbe did not testify in his own defense at trial.

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