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HAUBBERT FOUND GUILTY OF ROBBERY

December 21, 2012

On Thursday, December 20, 2012, Taney County Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr announced a verdict of guilty against PATRICK B. HAUBBERT, d/o/b 03-26-1975, of Republic, for the class B felony of robbery in the second degree. Judge Orr’s verdict followed a bench trial heard in the Circuit Court on November 30, 2012. The cause had been taken under advisement by the court after the November 30th trial.

On January 13, 2012, PATRICK HAUBBERT entered the Wal-Mart Supercenter located on Branson Hills Parkway and concealed a digital compass in his coat pocket while being watched by three (3) loss prevention employees. HAUBBERT attempted to leave the store with the compass and was approached by the three (3) employees who informed him that they needed to talk to him about the unpaid merchandise. HAUBBERT then pushed his way through the employees, nearly knocking one of them to the ground, and rapidly sped away from the Wal-Mart in his car, dodging pedestrians and vehicles on his way out. HAUBBERT drove back to the scene minutes after the Branson Police Department was called and was arrested. During the course of the trial, HAUBBERT testified on his own behalf and admitted that he was currently on parole for an armed robbery committed in Taney County in 2001. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Tony Brown tried the case for the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office.

Formal sentencing has been set for February 7, 2013. Robbery in the second degree is a class B felony, punishable by no less than five (5) but no more than fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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FOOTBALL TRAGEDY FROM A PROSECUTOR’S PERSPECTIVE

December 4, 2012

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell writes about the recent murder-suicide tragedy involving the Kansas City Chiefs football franchise, in “Football Tragedy from a Prosecutor’s Perspective”. Click on the link below to read this editorial.

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HOKE SENTENCED TO FIVE (5) YEARS ON PLEA TO DOMESTIC ASSAULT

November 28, 2012

On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, TRAVIS HOKE (d/o/b 6-18-1972), of Branson, entered a plea of guilty to the class C felony of domestic assault in the second degree, pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office. Hoke was scheduled to begin a bench trial before Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr when the plea agreement was reached. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Hoke was sentenced by Judge Orr to five (5) years in prison for assaulting his girlfriend in December of 2011.

The case stemmed from a 9-1-1 call, which caused Branson Police to respond to the Palms Inn where officers discovered the victim, bloody and having been strangled by Hoke. Although the victim did not agree to participate with the prosecution of Hoke, the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office pursued the case with other evidence – exclusive of the victim’s testimony.

“Our community is safer when violent offenders are held accountable,” said Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell. “Our office will continue to pursue domestic violence convictions – even without victim participation – where there is sufficient evidence to support that a violent crime was committed.”

The maximum sentence for the class C felony of domestic assault in the second degree is up to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine of up to $5,000.00.

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ROCKAWAY BEACH MAN SENTENCED TO FOUR (4) YEARS FOR STATUTORY RAPE

November 19, 2012

On Thursday, November 15, 2012, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, MICHAEL T. ROBBINS, d/o/b/ 11-29-1987, of Rockaway Beach, entered a plea of guilty to statutory rape in the second degree, and received a four (4) year sentence in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr sentenced Robbins pursuant to a plea agreement made between the defendant and the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office.

The evidence in the case against Robbins was that, for over one week in January and February of 2012, a sixteen-year-old female was staying with Robbins and his family in Rockaway Beach. During that time, the victim later disclosed, Robbins provided her alcohol and pills, and had sexual intercourse with her. The girls’ disclosure was supported by DNA evidence obtained by law enforcement officers with the Taney County Sheriff’s Office. Although Robbins initially denied that he had sex with the girl, he later admitted his actions.

Statutory rape in the second degree is a class C felony, carrying a maximum sentence of seven (7) years and/or a $5,000.00 fine.

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