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PHERIGO SENTENCED TO CONSECUTIVE PRISON TERMS

July 12, 2011

On Thursday, July 7, 2011, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, Daniel Lee Pherigo a/k/a Daniel L. Derkits a/k/a Daniel Lee Taylor (d.o.b. 2/15/1978), of Kirbyville, Missouri, was sentenced to three (3) consecutive terms of imprisonment by Judge Mark Orr, totaling thirty-five (35) years.

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KIRBYVILLE MAN RECEIVES 12 YEARS FOR DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

June 10, 2011

FORSYTH, MO – Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that LARRY WAYNE GOODALL, dob: 01/30/1946 of Kirbyville, Missouri, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr, to twelve (12) years in prison on two (2) separate cases for driving while intoxicated. Goodall had previously entered guilty pleas on the cases on April 14th of this year. There were no plea agreements in either case.

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SPARTA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FELONY DOMESTIC ASSAULT

June 10, 2011

FORSYTH, MO – Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that CORY DEAN WETER (d.o.b.: 06/01/1978) of Sparta, Missouri, entered a guilty plea this week, without a plea agreement, to the class C felony of domestic assault in the second degree. Formal sentencing is scheduled for July 14, 2011.

On March 4, 2011, Corporal Dan Luttrell with the Taney County Sheriff’s Department, was dispatched to an address on Robin Road, in Rockaway Beach, to investigate a domestic disturbance. When he arrived, he met with a female who was standing in the driveway across the road from her home. Upon speaking with her, Corporal Luttrell was able to determine that the woman’s roommate, Cory Weter, had gotten angry and grabbed the woman by the hair, slamming her head into a wall. Corporal Luttrell observed that the woman had a cut on her lip. Other deputies arrived and observed a large knot on the woman’s head, as well as a large hole in the drywall of the woman’s home, which was consistent with a head being shoved into the wall. Weter had been living with the woman in her home.

Formal sentencing is set for July 14, 2011. This is a class C Felony offense and the range of punishment is one (1) day to one (1) year in the Taney County Jail, or up to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.

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TEN (10) YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR KIRBYVILLE MAN ON METH CHARGES

June 10, 2011

On Thursday, June 9, 2011, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, Daniel M. Bean (d.o.b. 8/31/1983) of Kirbyville, entered guilty pleas to the felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr sentenced Bean to ten (10) years in prison for possession of methamphetamine and seven (7) years in prison for possession of paraphernalia, pursuant to a plea agreement between Bean and Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell. Bean had been charged by the Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s office as a prior and persistent felony offender.

The guilty pleas stemmed from an arrest of Bean, at his home, by Taney County Sheriff’s Deputies on April 11, 2011. As part of an investigation into drug manufacturing, Taney County Sheriff’s Officers served a search warrant at the home of Daniel Bean at 1291 Rustic Acres Road, in Kirbyville. Bean was found by officers at the residence, and an outstanding parole warrant was in place for Bean’s arrest. Found in the residence were several items of drug paraphernalia, items used to manufacture methamphetamine, and a measurable amount of the finished product of methamphetamine. Bean was the lone occupant of the residence. After Bean was advised of his rights, he admitted to a detective that he had been manufacturing meth, using meth, and that all of the contraband in the house was, in fact, his.

Possession of a controlled substance is a class C felony, which carries a range of punishment of up to seven (7) years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.00. Possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use is a class D felony, which carries a range of punishment of up to four (4) years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.00. Because Bean had been charged as a prior and persistent felony offender, his maximum sentence for the C felony increased to fifteen (15) years, and his maximum sentence for the D felony increased to seven (7) years.

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