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June 8, 2017

On Wednesday afternoon, June 7, 2017, TYLER W. MARTIN, d/o/b 5-19-1998, formerly of Branson, entered pleas of guilty to two (2) counts of class B felony child molestation in the first degree, in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Judge Eric Eighmy ordered a sentencing assessment report to be completed and scheduled Martin’s sentencing for August 24, 2017. Martin has no agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office regarding what sentence he will receive.

Martin admitted at his plea to molesting a thirteen-year-old girl at a motel on Green Mountain Drive, in Branson, on April 15th and April 16th of 2016. The girl disclosed the abuse on April 17, 2016, and Branson Police began investigating immediately.

These class B felonies each carry a range of punishment of five (5) years to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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May 25, 2017

On May 24, 2017, PAUL MCGILL, d/o/b: 6-30-1971, of Hollister, entered a guilty plea and was sentenced the same day for the class B felony of Robbery in the Second Degree in front of Associate Circuit Judge Eric Eighmy. Judge Eighmy sentenced McGill to a fifteen (15) year term in the Missouri Department of Corrections as a prior and persistent felony offender.

On October 30, 2016, the Branson Police Department responded to the Walmart on Highway 76 in response to a robbery. According to loss prevention officers with Walmart, McGill was observed acting suspiciously, entering a private bathroom in the store with merchandise. McGill then passed all points of sale with unpaid merchandise and was confronted by the loss prevention officers. McGill threatened the employees with a pellet gun and pushed his way out of the store. McGill was arrested a short time later after a brief foot pursuit with Branson police officers.

McGill was on felony probation for weapons & property offenses when this offense occurred and was sentenced to two consecutive four (4) year terms in those cases as a result of his actions in this incident.  A class B felony carries a range of punishment of five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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May 24, 2017

Andrew Larned, dob: 2/1/1985, of Branson, Missouri plead guilty and was sentenced today to a total sentence of fourteen (14) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for crimes that occurred back on March 10, 2017. Andrew Larned received a seven (7) year sentence for burglary 1st degree as a prior and persistent felony offender and seven years (7) for resisting arrest as a prior and persistent felony offender. Taney County Associate Circuit Judge Eric Eighmy, as a part of a plea agreement, ordered the two sentences to be run consecutive.

In March, Branson Police Officers responded to a reported break-in at a cabin on Oak Ridge Road. When they arrived they located Andrew Larned inside the cabin. Andrew Larned evaded officers by using a knife to cut a hole in a window screen where escaped by jumping off the back deck of the cabin. During a foot pursuit down a steep hill behind the cabin, two Branson Police Officers received minor injuries while apprehending the defendant.

Andrew Larned was previous sentenced on July 14, 2011 to twelve (12) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for burglary and burglary related offenses by former Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr. The Missouri Department of Corrections then released the defendant less than five years into his twelve (12) year sentence on June 14, 2016.

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May 22, 2017

BRANDY B. SHADDOX, d/o/b 12-08-1977, of Branson, was found guilty today of the class C felony of possessing methamphetamine. Judge Jack Goodman announced his verdict following a bench trial this morning in Lawrence County. Shaddox was also found guilty of a class A misdemeanor, for possessing drug paraphernalia with intent to use. The trial was held in Lawrence County due to a change of venue.

The case began with a traffic stop by Trooper E. Tyrrell of the Missouri Highway Patrol. Shaddox was pulled over for failing to signal. During the stop, Trooper Tyrrell discovered needles, a spoon, a smoking device, and a container for marijuana in Shaddox’s purse. Trooper Tyrrell recognized these items as drug paraphernalia. In addition, Trooper Tyrrell found a plastic bag containing a crystalline substance in Shaddox’s purse. A laboratory analysis confirmed the substance to be methamphetamine.

At trial, Trooper Tyrrell testified about his encounter with Shaddox. A video recording of the investigation was also admitted into evidence. Before trial, Trooper Tyrrell had also testified in a deposition and a pre-trial hearing for this case earlier in the month.

As a class C felony, possession of methamphetamine prior to January 1, 2017, carries between two (2) and seven (7) years in prison, or up to a year in the county jail, or a fine of up to $5,000, or both a fine and imprisonment. Possession of drug paraphernalia prior to January 1, 2017, carries up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both a fine and imprisonment. Judge Goodman has scheduled sentencing for later this year.

Although the ranges of punishment for drug offenses have recently changed, the changes do not affect Shaddox’s case because she committed these offenses before January 1, 2017. In addition, even under current law, possession of methamphetamine remains a felony. Possession of drug paraphernalia may be a class A or class D misdemeanor, depending on a defendant’s criminal history.

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