December 16, 2016
TYLER LASMANIS, d/o/b 2-19-1986, formerly of Walnut Shade, Missouri, pleaded guilty on Thursday, December 15, 2016, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, to two (2) counts of statutory rape in the first degree. Associate Circuit Court Judge Tony Williams sentenced Lasmanis to ten (10) years in prison on each of the two (2) counts, and – pursuant to a plea agreement between the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office and the defendant – ordered those sentences to be served consecutively to each other.
Evidence revealed that Lasmanis had sexual intercourse with two (2) different young girls in Taney County who were under the age of fourteen years. One of the victims was thirteen years old when Lasmanis had sex with her in 2006, and the other victim disclosed she was twelve years old when Lasmanis began having sex with her in 2013.
Statutory rape in the first degree is an unclassified felony, which carries a maximum penalty of up to life or thirty (30) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
December 16, 2016
On Thursday, December 15, 2016, SKYLAR L. BAIR, d/o/b 1-24-1995, of Hollister, was sentenced to seven (7) years in prison for the crime of assault in the second degree – with an opportunity to complete a four-month drug treatment program in prison – by Taney County Circuit Court Judge Laura Johnson. Bair had assaulted a woman while drinking on Halloween night in 2015, until a neighbor overheard the woman’s screams and pulled Bair off the woman. Bair pleaded guilty on August 18, 2016, to the assault, in which Bair punched the woman multiple times on the face and bit the woman on the arm, hip, and back. When Hollister Police arrested Bair, his blood-alcohol level tested at .298%.
Bair had no agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office on his sentence, because Bair had failed to appear at his November sentencing date. At sentencing, the victim of the assault asked Judge Johnson to consider incarceration with substance abuse treatment, so Bair might not assault anyone in the future. The maximum sentence for the class C felony of assault in the second degree is seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a $5,000.00 fine.
December 14, 2016
On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, CHAD MICHAEL ADAMS, d/o/b 12-27-1978, of Branson, Missouri, entered a guilty plea to two (2) counts of class C felony of abuse of a child. Circuit Court Judge Laura Johnson sentenced Adams to three (3) years in prison on each count, to be served concurrently, pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office.
On the early afternoon of June 6, 2016, Taney County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an address on Aster Circle, in Branson, where neighbors were reported to be fighting with Adams over his striking and swearing at two (2) young girls – ages four and five, respectively – outside his house. Deputies took statements from multiple witnesses before arresting Adams for abuse of a child. Adams has remained in custody since that time.
“I’m thankful to the neighbors who confronted Adams, and intervened to protect these children,” says Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell. “The good people on Aster Circle should be commended for not ignoring the abuse that was occurring in plain view, and for reporting it to law enforcement. I hope that the rest of our community will act just as responsibly if ever witnessing such abuse.”
These class C felonies carry a maximum punishment of up to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.
December 2, 2016
On Thursday, December 1, 2016, LEO V. RUAN, d/o/b 3-06-1986, of Hollister, was sentenced to four (4) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, in three (3) different felony cases. Circuit Court Judge Laura Johnson accepted guilty pleas from Ruan to the class C felony of receiving stolen property and two (2) class D felonies of resisting arrest, pursuant to plea agreements Ruan made with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office. In each case, Ruan received four (4) year prison sentences, to run concurrently with one another.
On December 30, 2015, Ruan possessed property he had stolen from Wal-Mart, of a value totaling over $500.00. Then, on two (2) different occasions after the felony receiving stolen property case was filed, Ruan fled from law enforcement officers who were trying to arrest him.
A class C felony carries a maximum possible sentence of seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a $5,000.00 fine. A class D felony carries a maximum possible sentence of four (4) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a $5,000.00 fine.
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