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SHADDOX FOUND GUILTY OF POSSESSION

May 22, 2017

BRANDY B. SHADDOX, d/o/b 12-08-1977, of Branson, was found guilty today of the class C felony of possessing methamphetamine. Judge Jack Goodman announced his verdict following a bench trial this morning in Lawrence County. Shaddox was also found guilty of a class A misdemeanor, for possessing drug paraphernalia with intent to use. The trial was held in Lawrence County due to a change of venue.

The case began with a traffic stop by Trooper E. Tyrrell of the Missouri Highway Patrol. Shaddox was pulled over for failing to signal. During the stop, Trooper Tyrrell discovered needles, a spoon, a smoking device, and a container for marijuana in Shaddox’s purse. Trooper Tyrrell recognized these items as drug paraphernalia. In addition, Trooper Tyrrell found a plastic bag containing a crystalline substance in Shaddox’s purse. A laboratory analysis confirmed the substance to be methamphetamine.

At trial, Trooper Tyrrell testified about his encounter with Shaddox. A video recording of the investigation was also admitted into evidence. Before trial, Trooper Tyrrell had also testified in a deposition and a pre-trial hearing for this case earlier in the month.

As a class C felony, possession of methamphetamine prior to January 1, 2017, carries between two (2) and seven (7) years in prison, or up to a year in the county jail, or a fine of up to $5,000, or both a fine and imprisonment. Possession of drug paraphernalia prior to January 1, 2017, carries up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both a fine and imprisonment. Judge Goodman has scheduled sentencing for later this year.

Although the ranges of punishment for drug offenses have recently changed, the changes do not affect Shaddox’s case because she committed these offenses before January 1, 2017. In addition, even under current law, possession of methamphetamine remains a felony. Possession of drug paraphernalia may be a class A or class D misdemeanor, depending on a defendant’s criminal history.

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SECOND DEFENDANT PLEADS GUILTY TO CEDARCREEK FIRE DEPARTMENT BURGLARY

May 19, 2017

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, JAKE M. COMBS, d/o/b 7-18-1995, of Kissee Mills, Missouri, pleaded guilty to the class C felonies of burglary in the second degree and unlawful possession of a firearm, for breaking into the Cedarcreek Fire Station on December 21, 2016. Judge Eric Eighmy accepted Combs’ guilty pleas and scheduled sentencing for July 13, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

Combs has no plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office regarding what sentence he will receive. One count of felony tampering with a motor vehicle was dismissed at the time Combs entered his guilty pleas. Each of these class C felonies carries a maximum penalty of seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a $5,000.00 fine.

In the early morning hours of December 21, 2016, Combs and Grant drove to the Cedarcreek Fire Station on M Highway, where they forced entry into the building. The men stole several items from inside the fire station before Grant drove one of the fire trucks through the fire engine bay’s retractable door. When Grant crashed the truck through the door, the station’s walls were damaged and the door was destroyed. Later that morning, the fire truck was found abandoned and ablaze in a creek bed. Some stolen items from the fire station were recovered in a car Combs and Grant had borrowed from a friend. Surveillance cameras recorded the men committing the break-in. Combs admitted his involvement in the burglary, and was found in possession of a firearm at the time of his arrest – which was illegal due to a past felony conviction on Combs’ record.

On April 18, 2017, Grant was sentenced to thirteen (13) years in prison, and ordered to pay over $18,000.00 in restitution to the Cedarcreek Fire Department, pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office.

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JURY FINDS McLEMORE GUILTY OF ENTICEMENT OF A CHILD, OTHER CRIMES

May 17, 2017

On Wednesday afternoon, May 17, 2017, a Taney County jury found RONALD McLEMORE, d/o/b 5-23-1957, formerly of Taneyville, Missouri, guilty of enticement of a child, attempted sodomy in the first degree, and two (2) counts of sexual misconduct with a child by indecent exposure. The ten-woman, two-man jury deliberated for just over one-and-a-half hours before delivering its verdict. Judge Eric Eighmy, who presided over the trial – which began on Monday, May 15, 2017 – scheduled McLemore’s sentencing for August 3, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

The Taney County Prosecutor’s Office presented evidence that McLemore babysat his girlfriend’s young granddaughters between June 1, 2014, and December 29, 2015. The evidence was that two (2) young girls disclosed that McLemore masturbated in their presence, tried to lure them into his bedroom, and tried to force them to touch his genitals.

The charges of enticement of a child and attempted sodomy in the first degree are unclassified felonies carrying a maximum penalty of up to thirty (30) years each in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Sexual misconduct with a child by indecent exposure is a class D felony carrying a maximum penalty of four (4) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a $5,000.00 fine.

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LACEY PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD ABUSE

May 10, 2017

DANIEL L. LACEY, d/o/b 4-07-1988, of Branson, entered pleas of guilty to two (2) counts of child abuse in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Judge Eric Eighmy accepted Lacey’s guilty pleas, ordered a sentencing assessment report be prepared, and scheduled formal sentencing for July 12, 2017.

On October 19, 2016, Lacey and his wife took their 8-week-old child to the Cox Hospital emergency department, in Branson, to be examined for undetermined medical concerns. Lacey told medical care providers that the child had squirmed out of his arms and fallen onto a couch, while his wife was at work earlier that day. Doctors diagnosed the child with acute subdural hematoma – both bilateral and posterior – and found that the injuries were not consistent with a fall described by Lacey. Furthermore, the child was observed to have bruises that appeared to be possible bite marks on at least four (4) different body parts. Upon questioning by detectives with the Taney County Sheriff’s Office, Lacey admitted to biting the child – which was corroborated through DNA testing on one of the bite marks.

Lacey pled guilty to one count of the class C felony of child abuse for biting the child, and that charge carries a maximum penalty of seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a $5,000.00 fine. Lacey also pled guilty to one count of the class B felony of child abuse for causing serious physical injury – specifically, the acute subdural hematoma – and that charge carries a range of punishment of from five (5) years to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office, Lacey could receive up to twelve (12) years in prison at his sentencing.

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