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January 31, 2018

On January 31, 2018, GARY DEAN PHILP d/o/b 7-10-1965, of Branson entered pleas of guilty to the felonies of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine and unlawful use of a weapon and the misdemeanors of possession of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia in front of Wright County Associate Circuit Judge Lynette Veenstra. Philp entered his guilty plea without an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office.

On September 27, 2016, members of the Combined Ozarks Multijurisdicitonal Enforcement Team (COMET) Drug Task Force were conducting a “knock and talk” investigation at the Plantation Inn in Branson. They made contact with Philp and received consent to search his room. As a result of the search, COMET officers found ammunition in the room and methamphetamine, marijuana, paraphernalia and a Bersa Thunder 380CC pistol on his person. Philp is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Judge Veenstra set Philp’s sentencing for April 4, 2018 at 10AM. Philp is facing a maximum possible sentence of thirty seven (37) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and two (2) years in the Taney County Jail. Philp is currently serving a ten (10) year sentence for violating the terms of probation granted in another case and is awaiting sentencing following a November 2017 jury trial for distribution of methamphetamine.

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January 23, 2018

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, MICHAEL D. GLIDEWELL, d/o/b 5-04-1960, of Branson, was sentenced by Judge Eric Eighmy to a total of twenty (20) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections: fifteen (15) years in prison for the class B felony of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree and five (5) years in prison for the class C felony of driving while intoxicated as an aggravated offender. Judge Eighmy ordered the sentences to be served consecutively. Because there was no plea agreement as to what sentence Glidewell would receive, the sentencing arguments of the parties were lengthy, with emotional statements from the victim’s family. Judge Eighmy sentenced Glidewell to the consecutive sentences after hearing arguments from Glidewell’s lawyer and Assistant Taney County Prosecutor Thomas Kondro.

On the morning of November 30, 2016, Glidewell was driving a cement truck for a commercial business in the area of Mount Branson, when his truck overturned and fell onto a passenger car. The driver of the passenger car – a husband and father – was killed. Glidewell was found by Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers to be running the cement mixer and truck at unsafe speeds for conditions, as well as operating the truck while his blood alcohol level was 0.092%. This offense led to the conviction for manslaughter.

Five days before the manslaughter, on November 25, 2016, Glidewell had been arrested for a separate, aggravated DWI offense that occurred on Missouri Highway 125, near Fall Creek Drive. A trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol stopped Glidewell for having expired registration on his automobile. After the traffic stop was initiated, the trooper determined that Glidewell was intoxicated. Eventually, a breath sample provided by Glidewell showed his blood alcohol level to be 0.158%. The DWI was charged as a class C felony because Glidewell had at least three (3) prior DWIs.

Glidewell’s cases had been transferred to Stone County in anticipation of trial, due to a change of venue motion filed by the defense. The cases were scheduled to go to trial in Stone County, this January, but  Glidewell entered pleas of guilty on October 5, 2017.

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January 22, 2018

MARK T. BAILEY, d/o/b 10-10-1963, of Highlandville, Missouri, pleaded guilty to multiple felonies – including murder in the second degree – on Monday, January 22, 2018, in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Christian County Circuit Judge Laura Johnson accepted Bailey’s Alford plea of guilty to the class A felony of murder in the second degree, the class B felony of kidnapping, and the class C felony of felonious restraint. Johnson ordered a sentencing assessment report and scheduled Bailey’s sentencing for Friday, March 30, 2018.

The guilty pleas stem from crimes committed in November of 2015, when Bailey assisted Brandy Shaddox in purchasing zip ties at a local home improvement store; driving 72-year old Larry Adams, of Hollister, to a remote location off Highway 65 in Walnut Shade, Missouri; and leaving the victim bound in a car. Adams died of hypothermia after being abandoned by Bailey and Shaddox, and his body was discovered on November 14, 2015.

“While Mark Bailey was clearly not the most-culpable actor in causing Mr. Adams’ death, the crime would likely not have been able to be completed if not for Bailey’s cooperation with Shaddox,” says Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell. Brandy Shaddox faces a jury trial for the charge of first-degree murder in Lawrence County in April. “I still anticipate we will be trying the case against Shaddox starting on April 23rd.” Shaddox’s trial was moved to Lawrence County on a change of venue filed by the lawyer for Shaddox.

Bailey entered his guilty plea under the Alford guidelines, meaning that Bailey admits that there is sufficient evidence to support him being convicted of the crimes, but while not accepting responsibility for them. As part of Bailey’s plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, Bailey’s potential sentenced is capped at twenty (20) years in prison, and Bailey’s lawyer is permitted to argue for some sentence less than twenty (20) years at the sentencing hearing. Bailey remains in custody at the Taney County jail pending sentencing.

The class A felony of murder in the second degree carries a range of punishment of ten (10) years up to thirty (30) years or life in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The class B felony of kidnapping carries a range of punishment of five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The class C felony of felonious restraint carries a maximum sentence of seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.00.

Brandy Shaddox is presumed innocent until or unless she is proven guilty in a court of law.

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January 22, 2018

The Taney County Prosecuting Attorney has an opening for a traffic and discovery assistant. The position is to begin immediately. Please see attached posting below for more information. Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.

If interested please forward a cover letter and resume by mail or e-mail to:

Chris Lebeck
Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
PO Box 849
Forsyth, MO 65653
email: chrisl@co.taney.mo.us


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