Shannon M. Gernold (d.o.b. 11-30-1975), of Dunedin, Florida, was sentenced Thursday, November 3rd, to twelve (12) years in prison for the class A felony of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly and twelve (12) years in prison for the class A felony of Identity Theft. Taney County Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr denied Gernoldâ€™s request for probation.
The felony charges stemmed from a pattern of siphoning money from an elderly Kirbyville woman from 2007 through 2009, while using the alias Michael Saint. Ultimately, Branson Police Detective Sgt. Sean Barnwellâ€™s investigation showed that Gernold took nearly $200,000.00 from the victim â€“ that victim is now 79 years of age.
Gernoldâ€™s pair of twelve (12) year sentences are to run concurrently with one another. The range of punishment for the class A felony of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly and the class A felony of Identity Theft is from ten (10) years up to thirty (30) years or life in the Missouri Department of Corrections.