LOUIS W. HOOVER, d/o/b 4-16-1992, of Forsyth, was sentenced to six (6) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on Thursday, September 17, 2015, for committing the class C felony of stealing. Hoover’s sentence was handed-down by Taney County Circuit Court Judge Laura Johnson, following a sentencing argument in which Hoover’s lawyer argued for the judge to place Hoover on probation.

Hoover pleaded guilty to this stealing charge on July 23, 2015, and remained in jail pending his sentencing on Thursday. The State’s evidence was that in June of 2014, Hoover admitted to a Taney County Sheriff’s deputy to stealing jewelry and other valuable personal items from two (2) women he had been living with, and that he sold the valuables to a local pawn shop. The thefts had occurred over the course of several months. Hoover also admitted to a deputy that he was using the cash from the stolen items to pay his costs and supervision fees for a stealing case from 2012 – for which he was on supervised probation.

The class C felony of stealing carries a maximum penalty of seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a $5,000.00 fine.