May 17, 2013
On May 16, 2013, JOHN H. HAWK, d/o/b 01-26-1978, of Hollister, appeared in the Circuit Court of Taney County and entered pleas to the felonies of burglary in the first degree and domestic assault in the second degree. Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr sentenced Hawk to fifteen (15) years in prison for the burglary and ten (10) years for domestic assault. The sentences are concurrent to each other and pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office.
The charges arose out of incidents occurring in Hollister on February 26 and 27, 2013. On the 26th, Hawk assaulted a gentlemen that he shared a home with, striking him several times in the face with his fist, then exhibiting a knife toward other household members. Hawk fled the area before police could arrive. Then, on the 27th, Hawk broke into a home in Hollister with the intent to steal items while the homeowners were present and sleeping.
Burglary in the first degree is a class B felony, which carries a range of punishment of five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Ordinarily, domestic assault in the second degree is a class C felony, which carries between two (2) and seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, however, Hawk was charged as a prior and persistent felony offender, which enhances the maximum punishment to that of a class B felony.
May 17, 2013
Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell, announced today that MICHAEL POIVEY, DOB: 1/20/1957, of Branson, was sentenced Thursday, May 16, 2013, by Circuit Judge Mark Orr twenty (20) years in prison for multiple burglary and stealing felonies, related to the dismantling of the Grand Palace Theater from 2009 through 2010.
Poivey had previously entered a guilty plea in December of 2010 to three (3) felony counts of burglary in the second degree, and three (3) felony counts of the class B felony of stealing, but failed to appear for sentencing in 2011. Once apprehended, Poivey was extradited from Arkansas to Taney County to face sentencing.
“The investigation conducted by the Branson Police Department pointed to Poivey as the leader of a group of thieves who illegally entered the Grand Palace Theater and essentially stripped it,” says Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell. “Over $900,000.00 worth of materials were stolen from within the Grand Palace, leaving it unusable.” Detectives were able to track some of the stolen production equipment from the Grand Palace to people in other states, who had purchased the equipment from Poivey and his sons.
Poivey was charged by the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office as a prior and persistent felony offender, for having at least two (2) prior felony convictions. Poivey was sentenced to fifteen (15) years on each of the three (3) burglary counts, and to twenty (20) years on each of the three (3) stealing counts. Those sentences were ordered to run concurrently with one another.
May 17, 2013
On May 16, 2013, KENNETH J. CLANCY, JR., d/o/b 09-14-1992, of Kirbyville, Missouri, entered guilty pleas in the Taney County Circuit Court to Forgery, Stealing a Firearm, and Burglary in the Second Degree, and was sentenced by Circuit Judge Mark Orr to concurrent five (5) year terms on each count, pursuant to an agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office.
The burglary and theft charges arose out of a September 9, 2012, incident where an apartment in Forsyth was broken into and numerous household items, including .22 caliber rifle, were stolen. The rifle was entered into a national database as being stolen, and Stone County deputies got a “hit” on the weapon during a separate investigation in that county. The rifle was eventually found in Clancy’s possession. During an interview by a Forsyth detective, Clancy admitted to entering the apartment and stealing the firearm. Clancy also pled guilty to an act of forgery where he passed a forged check at a local bank on behalf of another individual.
Forgery, Burglary in the Second Degree, and Theft of a Firearm are all class C felonies, which carry a range of punishment of up to one (1) year in the Taney County Jail or up to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.
May 17, 2013
DENISE RENEE TURNEY, d/o/b 09-28-1959, of Kirbyville, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in five (5) felony cases on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr sentenced Turney to a total of fourteen (14) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections in five (5) separate felony cases, pursuant to a plea agreement with the State.
Between January 21, 2011, and October 14, 2012, Turney was involved in four (4) separate misdemeanor stealing incidents, ranging from three shopliftings from Wal-Mart in Branson, to a purse snatching from a bingo game in Ridgedale. Turney admitted to the officers investigating each incident that she had committed the offenses. Additionally, on December 13, 2012, Turney failed to appear for court on those cases and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Turney was spotted by an officer with the Taney County Sheriff’s Department on January 23, 2013, and was arrested after fleeing in a high speed motor vehicle chase.
Stealing is normally a class A misdemeanor, which carries up to a year in the county jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine. However, Turney had two prior stealing convictions within the last ten (10) years, which enhances the range of punishment in each stealing case to that of a class D felony, which carries up to four (4) years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine.
Turney received a total of fourteen (14) years on all of the stealing cases, with several of her sentences running consecutive to one another. She also pled guilty to the class D felony of resisting arrest, which will run concurrently with the fourteen (14) year sentence.
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