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FIVE (5) YEARS IN PRISON FOR DAMAGE TO JAIL PROPERTY

September 9, 2011

BRANDON WILLIAMS (d.o.b. 3-10-1985), of Blue Eye, Missouri, pleaded guilty on Thursday, September 8, 2011, to Damaging Jail Property, for breaking a telephone inside a jail cell at Branson Police Department, in April of this year. Taney County Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr sentenced Williams to five (5) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the felony, pursuant to a plea agreement. Damaging Jail Property is a class D felony, which normally carries a maximum penalty of four (4) years in prison, however, Williams had been charged as a persistent felony offender by the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office, so he was eligible for up to seven (7) years in prison on the charge.

Williams had been arrested by Branson Police on warrants out of Stone County, Missouri. When taken to the Branson Jail, Williams became belligerent and threatening toward officers and had to be restrained until he could be placed in a cell. After being secured in the jail cell, Williams was observed by officers to grab the telephone on the wall inside the cell, tear it from the wall, and break it into pieces against the door of his cell.

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METTY GETS 20 YEAR SENTENCE FOR METH LAB EXPLOSION

September 9, 2011

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell, announced today that JASON METTY, DOB: 8/14/1981, of Licking, Missouri, entered a guilty plea Thursday, September 8, 2011, to three (3) felonies, in the Taney County Circuit Court. Metty pleaded guilty to the charges of arson in the first degree, attempting to manufacture a controlled substance, and possession of anhydrous ammonia. Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr, accepted Metty’s guilty plea and sentenced Metty pursuant to a plea agreement between the defendant and the Taney County Prosecutor. Metty received twenty (20) years for the offense of arson in the first degree, fifteen (15) years for attempting to manufacture a controlled substance, and four (4) years for possession of anhydrous ammonia.

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DAVID BLACKMORE PLEADS GUILTY TO 2008 HOLLISTER HOME INVASION

August 29, 2011

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell, announced today that DAVID EARL BLACKMORE, II, DOB: 4/11/1966, of Fremont, California, entered a guilty plea Monday to four (4) felonies, in the Taney County Circuit Court, just moments before jury selection began in his trial. Blackmore pleaded guilty to the charges of robbery in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, felonious restraint, and armed criminal action. Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr, accepted Blackmore’s guilty plea and scheduled sentencing for October 20, 2011.

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MOTHER SENTENCED TO TWELVE (12) YEARS FOR PROMOTING PROSTITUTION

August 12, 2011

On Thursday, August 11, 2011, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, Judge Mark Orr sentenced Ann Margaret Williams (d.o.b. 04/09/1966), of Protem, Missouri, to twelve (12) years in prison for the crime of promoting prostitution, and to seven (7) years for endangering the welfare of a child. Judge Orr ordered that the two sentences are to be concurrent with one another. Williams had been found guilty by a seven-man, five-woman jury of those two felonies in Taney County on June 7, 2011.

The evidence in the case presented by the Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office was that, in late-December 2006 through 2007, Williams forced her fifteen-year-old daughter to have sex with Billy Joe Hunter (d.o.b. 05/06/1947), of Protem, Missouri. The prosecution alleged that Williams did this in order to persuade Hunter to allow she and her children to reside with Hunter, as well as to persuade Hunter to have sex with the defendant following her daughter. In 2008, Williams’ daughter gave birth to a child, and DNA evidence proved the child was Hunter’s. Just before the baby was born, Williams’ daughter told investigators that Williams actually required her to have sex with Hunter, that the daughter received money from Hunter for sex, and that Williams was present during all but one of the numerous sexual encounters.

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