ROBERT WAYNE FILES, d/o/b 12-25-1979, of Omaha, Arkansas, was sentenced on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, Missouri, to seven (7) years in prison for the felonies of burglary in the second degree and tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree. Circuit Judge Tony Williams heard sentencing arguments Tuesday before handing down the two (2) seven (7) year sentences, and ordering Files’ sentences to run concurrently with one another.
The felony charges stemmed from an investigation of a motor vehicle accident by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on April 4, 2017, where Files was the driver of a Chevrolet Corvette that was discovered in a ditch beside Route F, in the area of Bull Creek, in Taney County, Missouri. The Corvette had been reported stolen by Files’ father, and the investigation found that Files had broken-into his father’s home, gaining access to the Corvette. Files was suspected of having been driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, but no charges were filed relating to that suspicion.
Burglary in the second degree and tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree are both class D felonies, carrying a maximum prison sentence of seven (7) years, respectively.