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LACEY SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR CHILD ABUSE

August 23, 2017

On Wednesday afternoon, August 23, 2017, DANIEL L. LACEY, d/o/b 4-07-1988, of Branson, was sentenced to twelve (12) years in prison and seven (7) years in prison, respectively, for two (2) counts of child abuse, in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Judge Eric Eighmy sentenced Lacey to the maximum sentence possible under Lacey’s plea agreement. Lacey’s sentences are to run concurrently with one another.

Lacey pled guilty to one count of the class C felony of child abuse for biting the child, for which he was sentenced to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. 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 – for which he was sentenced to twelve (12) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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.

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TANEY COUNTY JURY FINDS JAMES LOWE GUILTY OF STEALING

August 15, 2017

JAMES AARON LOWE, d/o/b: 08-26-1973, of Branson, Missouri, was found guilty on Monday, August 14th, of one count of felony stealing. A nine (9) woman, three (3) man jury deliberated for just over an hour before reaching the verdict. Christian County Associate Circuit Judge Doug Bacon, who presided over the trial, scheduled Lowe’s sentencing for October 13, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Tony Brown presented evidence that on April 23, 2016, Lowe stole $42.43 worth of gasoline from White Oak Station, in Forsyth.

While stealing of this nature is ordinarily a misdemeanor, Lowe had no fewer than two (2) prior stealing-related offenses in the last ten (10) years, enhancing these charges to the class D felony of stealing 3rd offense. Furthermore, Lowe was also found to be a prior and persistent felony offender, as he has had two prior felony findings of guilt, further enhancing the range of punishment for this offense. Lowe is facing a maximum of seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and a fine of up to five thousand dollars ($5,000).

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ARMED ROBBER ENTERS GUILTY PLEA

August 10, 2017

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, CHRIS D. BORGES-BESARES (d/o/b 08-03-1996), of Branson, entered a guilty plea to the class A felony of robbery in the first degree, in front of Associate Circuit Judge Eric Eighmy.

On December 15, 2016, Borges-Besares, Juan C. Rodriguez – who entered a guilty plea on July 20, 2017 – and another individual, entered the Dalton’s Express convenience store wearing bandanas over their faces, and pointed guns at the store clerk while customers were present in the store. The three (3) men demanded money from the register and received $502.00. All three (3) fled in a car and were subsequently captured – thanks to the quick response of the Branson Police Department.

Pursuant to a plea agreement, the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office will argue for fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Formal sentencing in Borges-Besares’ case is set for October 26, 2017.

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McLEMORE RECEIVES CONSECUTIVE SENTENCES FOR SEX CRIMES

August 10, 2017

RONALD McLEMORE, d/o/b 5-23-1957, formerly of Taneyville, Missouri, was sentenced on Thursday, August 10, 2017, to ten (10) years in prison for enticement of a child, ten (10) years in prison for attempted sodomy in the first degree, and four (4) years in prison – each – for two (2) counts of sexual misconduct with a child by indecent exposure. On May 17, 2017, a Taney County jury found McLemore guilty of the four (4) felonies after just over one-and-a-half hours of deliberation.

Judge Eric Eighmy, who presided over McLemore’s jury trial, sentenced McLemore after hearing arguments from the defense and from Taney County Assistant Prosecutor Shana Mora. Judge Eighmy ordered the two (2) 10-year sentences to run consecutively with one another, while the two (2) 4-year sentences are to run concurrently with each other.

At the jury trial in May, 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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