BRANDON WILLIAMS (d.o.b. 3-10-1985), of Blue Eye, Missouri, pleaded guilty on Thursday, September 8, 2011, to Damaging Jail Property, for breaking a telephone inside a jail cell at Branson Police Department, in April of this year. Taney County Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr sentenced Williams to five (5) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the felony, pursuant to a plea agreement. Damaging Jail Property is a class D felony, which normally carries a maximum penalty of four (4) years in prison, however, Williams had been charged as a persistent felony offender by the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office, so he was eligible for up to seven (7) years in prison on the charge.

Williams had been arrested by Branson Police on warrants out of Stone County, Missouri. When taken to the Branson Jail, Williams became belligerent and threatening toward officers and had to be restrained until he could be placed in a cell. After being secured in the jail cell, Williams was observed by officers to grab the telephone on the wall inside the cell, tear it from the wall, and break it into pieces against the door of his cell.