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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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February 2, 2015

RANDALL W. LYDA, d/o/b 5-05-1969, of Branson, was sentenced on Monday, February 2, 2015, to ten (10) years in prison for the felonies of domestic assault in the second degree and burglary in the first degree. Senior Circuit Court Judge Carr Woods had accepted Lyda’s guilty plea on December 11, 2014, and sentencing arguments were heard by Judge Woods on Monday. Lyda’s sentences are to run concurrently with one another, pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office.

On June 13, 2014, Lyda assaulted his girlfriend while they were staying at the Hall of Fame Hotel on Highway 76, in Branson. Branson Police responded to a 9-1-1 call after Lyda’s girlfriend escaped to a neighboring hotel room, occupied by two (2) people not acquainted with Lyda or the victim. Because the victim had visible injuries and was obviously fleeing for safety, the neighbors locked their door and called for help. Lyda kicked-in the door to the neighboring hotel room and pulled the victim from the room, at which time a hotel employee saw Lyda drag the victim back toward his room, striking her with his fist. Branson Police arrested Lyda – who was intoxicated – and the victim was treated for her injuries. Lyda had remained in jail since June of 2014.

Domestic assault in the second degree is a class C felony, carrying a maximum sentence of up to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a $5,000.00 fine. However, because the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office had charged Lyda as a prior and persistent felony offender, the maximum punishment was enhanced to up to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Burglary in the first degree is a class B felony, which carries a range of punishment of from five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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January 13, 2015

GERALD W. MOGAN, d/o/b 2-23-1970, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, was sentenced on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, to four (4) years in prison for the class D felony of Attempted Sexual Misconduct Involving a Child, and to five (5) years in prison for the unclassified felony of Attempted Enticement of a Child. On September 17, 2014, Senior Judge Carr Woods presided over a bench trial in the Taney County Circuit Court, after which Woods found Mogan guilty of the two (2) felonies.

Mogan was charged for having used his computer webcam to transmit sexually explicit video images of himself to an undercover law enforcement officer – who was masquerading as a 13 year old girl. Taney County Sheriff’s Deputy Nina Welch was working with the Tri-Lakes Regional Internet Crimes Task Force in 2010, when Mogan contacted her via a Yahoo instant message. Once Welch communicated that she was a 13 year old girl, Mogan began to correspond about sexually explicit matters, including going to a motel room to engage in sex. Mogan also sent her photographs of himself and multiple videos of his genitals.

Attempted Sexual Misconduct Involving a Child is a class D felony, which carries a maximum penalty of four (4) years in prison. The felony of Attempted Enticement of a Child carries a minimum of five (5) years in prison and a maximum sentence of thirty (30) years in prison. Mogan’s sentences were ordered to run concurrently with one another.

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January 13, 2015

JAMES W. WIKLUND, d/o/b 3-28-1975, of Branson, was sentenced to over one hundred and fifty (150) years in prison Tuesday, January 13, 2015, in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Senior Judge Carr Woods sentenced Wiklund to thirty (30) years in prison – the maximum – for burglary in the first degree, assault in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, and two (2) counts of kidnapping. Each of those sentences was ordered to be served consecutively with one another. In addition, Woods sentenced Wiklund to three (3) years for the offense of armed criminal action and ten (10) years for tampering in the first degree – also consecutive.

On November 4, 2014, Wiklund was found guilty by a Taney County jury of seven (7) felonies. The case stemmed from a home-invasion committed by Wiklund and Jonathan Hill in late-December of 2012, at a home in Ridgedale, Missouri. Hill was sentenced to twenty-five (25) years in prison for his role in the violent attack, pursuant to a plea agreement.

The jury did not recommend any sentence for Wiklund, because the Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office had charged Wiklund as a prior and persistent felony offender – requiring judge sentencing, rather than jury sentencing. In all, Wiklund was given consecutive sentences on seven (7) felonies.

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