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March 6, 2015

STEPHEN R. STANFIELD, d/o/b 4-04-1985, of Branson, entered a guilty plea Thursday, March 5, 2015, to the class C felony of possession of a controlled substance, in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Judge Laura Johnson sentenced Stanfield to four (4) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, pursuant to a plea agreement.

Stanfield was arrested in the early morning hours of February 11, 2015, by Forsyth Police Officer Michelle Pugh. Office Pugh was investigating a disturbance at a residence on Proverbs Court, in Forsyth, when she discovered Stanfield and two (2) other individuals in possession of several items of drug paraphernalia, as well as meth and pills. Stanfield entered the guilty plea less than one (1) month after his arrest, and before the results from the drug testing was received from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab.

A class C felony carries a maximum punishment of up to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine of not more than $5,000.00.

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February 26, 2015

CARL E. THOMPSON, d/o/b 7-20-1964, of Rockaway Beach, Missouri, entered a guilty plea Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, to the class C felony of possession of controlled substance. The guilty plea was entered via closed-circuit video, while Thompson remained housed in the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections. Pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office, Thompson was sentenced to five (5) years in prison by Circuit Court Judge Laura Johnson.

On February 3, 2014, a Taney County Sheriff’s deputy made contact with Thompson as part of an investigation into an unrelated crime. During the course of this contact, the deputy discovered that Thompson was in possession of a baggie of methamphetamine.

At the time of Thompson’s guilty plea Wednesday, he was in the Missouri Department of Corrections for a violation of his parole. “By conducting the guilty plea by video, Taney County was spared the expense of transporting Mr. Thompson to court in Forsyth, then back to the prison,” says Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell. “While not all cases can be disposed of by video, each case that is provides a savings to our citizens.”

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February 20, 2015

On Thursday, February 19, 2015, DUSTY RAY HICKS, d/o/b 5-27-1987, was sentenced to two (2) concurrent life sentences for his role in the 2011 kidnapping and murder of Russell and Rebecca Porter, of Willard, Missouri. Judge Calvin Holden, of Greene County, handed-down Hicks’ sentences while acting as the judge assigned to the Taney County Circuit Court case against Dusty Hicks.

The guilty plea was entered by Hicks on December 18, 2014, to two (2) counts of murder in the second degree, two (2) counts of armed criminal action, and two (2) counts of felonious restraint. After hearing victim impact statements from some of the family members of Russell and Rebecca Porter, statements from family and friends of Dusty Hicks, as well as arguments from Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell and defense attorney Jon Van Arkel, Holden sentenced Hicks to life in prison on each murder count, twenty-five (25) years on each armed criminal action count, and seven (7) years on each felonious restraint count. Pursuant to the terms of the plea agreement, those sentences are to run concurrently with one another.

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February 2, 2015

ADAM M. TURNBOUGH, d/o/b 7-28-1985, of Notch, Missouri, was sentenced on Monday, February 2, 2015, by Senior Circuit Court Judge Carr Woods to ten (10) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the class B felony of robbery in the second degree. Defendant’s request for probation was denied. The range of punishment for robbery in the second degree is imprisonment for a term of five (5) to fifteen (15) years.

On September 11, 2013, Turnbough stole a woman’s purse while she got into her car in the parking lot behind Waxie O’Shea’s, at Branson Landing. The victim gave a detailed description of the robber, his vehicle, and the woman who was with him, to the Branson Police the same night the crime was committed. The woman had just gotten off work at a restaurant on the Landing, and – after Turnbough had been developed as a suspect – she identified Turnbough as the robber in a photo line-up. When questioned, Turnbough admitted to the crime, telling Branson Police that he was broke and wanted money for drugs.

In addition to his prison sentence, Turnbough was ordered by Judge Woods to pay restitution to the victim – as a condition of any future parole from prison he might be granted by the Parole Board.

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