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MARTIN SENTENCED TO TEN (10) YEARS FOR CHILD MOLESTATION

September 7, 2017

On Thursday afternoon, September 7, 2017, TYLER W. MARTIN, d/o/b 5-19-1998, formerly of Branson, was sentenced to ten (10) years in prison for two (2) counts of class B felony child molestation in the first degree, in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Judge Eric Eighmy sentenced Martin after hearing arguments from the defendant and the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office, and ordered both of Martin’s ten (10) year sentences to run concurrently with one another.

Martin admitted at his guilty plea on June 7, 2017, to molesting a thirteen-year-old girl at a motel on Green Mountain Drive, in Branson, on April 15th and April 16th of 2016. The girl disclosed the abuse on April 17, 2016, and Branson Police began investigating immediately.

These class B felonies each carry a range of punishment of five (5) years to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Martin had pleaded guilty to the two (2) felonies without any agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office regarding what sentence he would receive.

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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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