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IDENTITY THIEF ENTERS OPEN PLEA A WEEK BEFORE TRIAL

February 26, 2018

On Monday, February 26, 2018, Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced that DEANGELO SHELBY, d/o/b: 10-8-1990, of Branson Missouri, entered a guilty plea to the class B felony of trafficking in stolen identities. Deangelo Shelby was set to begin a jury trial on March 5th, 2018 in front of Taney County Circuit Judge Tony Williams. Formal sentencing is scheduled for May 1, 2018.

On February 24, 2017, officers with the Branson Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance at 1103 Bird Road. During his investigation of the domestic disturbance, Officer Sheehan learned that Deangelo Shelby was in possession of stolen identities. When he questioned Shelby, Officer Sheehan recovered paperwork and items including credit cards, a social security card, credit card numbers, and a check. All the items recovered belonged to other people.

“I appreciate Officer Sheehan’s efforts in tracking down the victims in this case so they can be heard at sentencing, as identity theft is a devastating crime that has long-lasting effects on a person’s financial well-being,” said Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell, in response to the plea.

The class B felony of trafficking in stolen identities has a range of punishment of five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The Taney County Prosecutor’s Office has made no agreement with Shelby concerning what sentence he will receive – sometimes described as an “open plea.”

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