SHANE R. MARX, d/o/b 3-09-1977, of Rockaway Beach, was sentenced to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on Thursday, October 22, 2015, for the felonies of forgery, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of burglar’s tools, and two (2) counts of possession of a controlled substance. Taney County Circuit Court Judge Laura Johnson sentenced Marx pursuant to a plea agreement Marx had with the Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

In September of 2014, Marx and a female companion were arrested at Tanger Mall, in Branson, for suspicion of shoplifting. During that investigation, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in Marx’s possession. During his arrest and booking at the jail, Marx lied about his identity and forged someone else’s signature on the booking documents. Analysis of fingerprints alerted officers to Marx’s true identity.

Marx was out of custody on a $10,000.00 surety bond for the September 2014 case, when, in July of 2015, Marx was contacted by Branson Police during an investigation into a suspected burglary. Officers arrived at a building where a security alarm was sounding, and found Marx with a backpack full of tools commonly used to break-into buildings and vending machines. Marx was also found in possession of a concealed firearm, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia during the investigation. Branson Police believed Marx could be responsible for a rash of vending machine break-ins throughout the spring and summer of 2015.

The five (5) separate seven (7) year prison sentences are to run concurrently with one another.