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CHRISTIAN FOUND GUILTY OF FORGERY

February 8, 2017

VERNON CHRISTIAN, dob: 5/11/1938 of Kirbyville, Missouri was found guilty yesterday after a two day jury trial of the class C felony of forgery. A jury deliberated a little less than an hour before returning the guilty verdict.

In November of 2007, a property owner in Kirbyville called the Taney County Collector after he did not receive his tax bill for that year. From there, he learned that he no longer owned the property and it had been deeded to the defendant, Vernon Christian. An investigation by the Sheriff’s Office uncovered that Christian had forged the signature of the property owner and recorded the fraudulent deed in November of 2006. A handwriting analysis was done on the document and “all indications pointed towards Mr. Christian” being the signer of the fraudulent document.

A jury had previously found Christian guilty of the same offense in November 2010 and he had been sentenced to six (6) years in the Department of Corrections. The case was reversed and remanded in September 2016 to the Taney County Circuit Court following an appeal.

Formal sentencing is set for April 18, 2017 at 9:00am in front of Taney County Circuit Court Judge Tony W. Williams. Forgery is a class C felony – a class C felony committed before January 1, 2017 carries a range of punishment of one (1) day to one (1) year in the Taney County Jail or two (2) years to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.

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NELSON PLEADS GUILTY TO FELONY CHILD ENDANGERING CHARGE

January 25, 2017

TIFFANY D. NELSON, d/o/b 9-22-1985, of Branson, entered a guilty plea on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, to the class C felony of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree, in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Former Taney County Circuit Court Judge Laura Johnson accepted Nelson’s guilty plea just hours before the case was scheduled to be tried. A sentencing assessment report was ordered and Judge Johnson scheduled Nelson’s sentencing for March 27, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. There is no plea agreement as to what sentence Nelson will receive.

On August 5, 2016, Joshua E. Holler a/k/a Joshua Hollar, d/o/b 6-13-1986 – Nelson’s live-in boyfriend – pleaded guilty to the class B felony of child abuse, for having severely beaten and shaken Nelson’s sixteen-month-old child in July of 2015. Holler was sentenced to twelve (12) years in prison as part of a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office. Nelson’s guilty plea related specifically to her delay in getting medical treatment for her child following Holler’s abuse.

The class C felony of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree carries a maximum punishment of seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a $5,000.00 fine.

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CHRONIC D.W.I. OFFENDER SENTENCED TO SEVEN (7) YEARS IN PRISON

January 11, 2017

TYRONE SPEAR, d/o/b 5-31-1968, formerly of Branson, was sentenced to seven (7) years in prison on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, by Taney County Associate Circuit Judge Eric Eighmy, after Spear pleaded guilty to the class B felony of driving while intoxicated as a chronic offender.

Spear was arrested by Branson Police on the late afternoon of September 4, 2014, for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, after witnesses called police to complain about a possibly-impaired driver nearly striking other vehicles on the roadway. When Spear’s car was stopped by Branson officers, Spear was found to be extremely intoxicated and uncooperative. Spear refused to give a breath sample to police, so a search warrant for Spear’s blood was obtained over two (2) hours after he was first stopped by police. Lab results on Spear’s blood sample showed his blood alcohol level to be falling from 0.232% to 0.218% – indicating Spear’s blood alcohol level was probably higher at the time he was driving.

Spear was charged with the class B felony of D.W.I. because the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office was able to prove he had at least five (5) prior alcohol-related driving offenses. Spear had jumped bail for nearly a year, and had to be extradited back to Taney County from New Mexico. Spear’s range of punishment for this crime was from five (5) years to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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BLUE EYE MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR BURGLARY & TAMPERING

January 11, 2017

WILLIAM A. STATLER, d/o/b 6-08-1976, of Blue Eye, Missouri, was sentenced on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, to five (5) years in prison for the class C felonies of tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree and burglary in the second degree. Taney County Circuit Court Judge Tony Williams sentenced Statler to the prison terms upon accepting Statler’s pleas of guilty in the two (2) felony cases, pursuant to a plea agreement between the Statler and the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office.

On April 23, 2015, Statler was found operating a stolen motorcycle on West State Highway 76, in Branson. Statler was identified by Branson Police before fleeing from the officers on foot, leaving the stolen motorcycle behind. Then, on May 31, 2015, Taney County deputies were alerted by a security alarm at a home in Hollister. Deputies found the homeowners were out-of-town, and several items were damaged or missing from the residence. Through the investigation, fingerprints were obtained from a honey jar and sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab, by which Statler was identified.

Both tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree and burglary in the second degree were class C felonies. A class C felony – for crimes committed before January 1, 2017 – is punishable by up to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a $5,000.00 fine.

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