January 4, 2017
Jefferson City, MO – Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney R. Tiffany Yarnell, of Forsyth, as Associate Circuit Judge for Taney County. The appointment fills the vacancy created when the Honorable Tony Williams was sworn in as Circuit Judge for the 46th Judicial Circuit.
December 19, 2016
On Monday, December 19, 2016, Judge Craig Carter, acting as specially assigned trial court judge in the Circuit Court of Taney County, sentenced BRYAN J. MATLOCK, d/o/b 10-15-1986, of Hollister, to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for abuse of a child and seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. On September 9, 2016, Matlock had entered pleas of guilty to the charges, with the only agreement being that the sentences on the two (2) counts would run concurrently with one another.
On August 26, 2015, Matlock called 9-1-1 because his infant child was having difficulty breathing and was unresponsive. Matlock told Taney County Sheriff’s deputies that he had accidentally fallen on the child, then waited up to twenty (20) minutes after the child was injured to call 9-1-1. Later that day, doctors determined that the infant had serious injuries – including a subdural and subarachnoid hemorrhage and fractured rib, along with bruises and a possible bite mark – which doctors concluded were non-accidental.
Eventually, Matlock confessed to a Taney County detective that he had swung the infant by the feet as the child struck the wooden trim on a couch, had thrown the child on the couch multiple times, had squeezed the child, and had bitten the child that day. Matlock also admitted he had been physically abusing the child in the weeks preceding August 26, 2015. Matlock’s explanation for his abuse of the infant was that the child would not stop crying.
The class B felony of abuse of a child carries a range of punishment from five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The class C felony of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree carries a maximum sentence of seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a $5,000.00 fine.
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.
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