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RICHARD ANDERSON SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS

February 11, 2010

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that RICHARD GEORGE ANDERSON of Branson, Missouri was sentenced to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr. Probation was denied. In November of last year, RICHARD GEORGE ANDERSON was found guilty by jury after a two day trial of child molestation in the first degree. The seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated for about two hours before handing down the guilty verdict against RICHARD GEORGE ANDERSON, a former law enforcement officer.

In late October of 2004, a disclosure was made by a 6-year-old minor child that RICHARD GEORGE ANDERSON had touched the child’s penis and buttocks with his mouth. Investigation was conducted by the Taney County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri Children’s Division.

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JASON GREBE PLEADS GUILTY IN INTERNET CHAT STING

February 4, 2010

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that JASON GREBE, dob: 7/2/1977 of Park Hills, Missouri, entered a plea of guilty without a plea agreement to two counts of the class D felony of attempted sexual misconduct involving a minor by indecent exposure in front of Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr.

During the month of July 2009, an investigator with the Tri-Lakes Regional Internet Crimes Task Force was posing as a female under the age of fourteen (14) in a Missouri Yahoo! chat room. On July 8th and July 24th, contact was made by the investigator with an individual under the screen name SEMOTHICK1. During the chat sessions, the individual using the screen name SEMOTHICK1 began to engage in sexually explicit chat with the undercover investigator who was posing as a 13 year old female. Sexually explicit pictures were also shared with the undercover investigator. Through follow-up investigation by the Taney County Sheriff’s Department, SEMOTHICK1 was identified as the defendant, JASON GREBE.

Formal sentencing is set for April 15, 2010 at 10:30am. The class D felony of attempted sexual misconduct involving a minor by indecent exposure carries a range of punishment for each count of one (1) day to one (1) year in the Taney County Jail, or one (1) year to four (4) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.

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MARK A. LAMB PLEADS GUILTY THE MORNING OF TRIAL

February 2, 2010

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell, announced today that MARK A. LAMB, dob: 08-09-1989 of Kirbyville, Missouri entered a plea of guilty yesterday in front of Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr to six (6) difference felony and misdemeanor offenses.  MARK A. LAMB was set to begin a jury trial that morning.  MARK A. LAMB entered a plea without an agreement from the prosecutors office to three counts of the class C felony of stealing, one count of the C felony of possession of a controlled substance, one count of the class class A misdemeanor of possession of a controlled substance and one count of the class A misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Between August 10, 2008 and September 16, 2008, defendant went on a crime spree breaking into vehicles located throughout Taney County. Items stolen included a laptop computer, wallets, tools and a cell phone. Almost a year prior to the break-ins, August 18, 2007, the defendant had been arrested for drug possession after deputies responded to a call regarding someone shooting fireworks at cars. Following MARK A. LAMB’s arrest by a Taney County Deputy on September 16, 2008, MARK A. LAMB confessed to the break-ins, even taking the Deputy to the crime scenes.

Formal sentencing in the matter is set for April 1, 2010. Because there was not a plea agreement with the prosecutor’s office, MARK A. LAMB faces the entire range of punishment for each offense.  Each count of the class C felony of stealing has a range of punishment of one (1) day to one (1) year in the County Jail, or one (1) year to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000. The class C felony of possession of controlled substance has a range of punishment of one (1) day to one (1) year in the County Jail, or one (1) year to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000. The class A misdemeanor of possession of a controlled substance and the class A misdemeanor possession of drug paraphenalia each has a range of punishment of one (1) day to one (1) year in the County Jail and/or a fine not to exceed $1,000.

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MISSOURI SENTENCING ADVISORY COMMISSION RELEASES 2009 BIENNIAL REPORT

February 2, 2010

The Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission recently released their 2009 Biennial Report for the years 2007 and 2008. The Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission (MOSAC) is an advisory body that works in conjunction with the Office of State Courts Administrator, the Missouri Department of Corrections, the Board of Probation and Parole, Circuit and Associate Judges, Prosecutors, Public Defenders, Defense Attorneys and the public. In 1994, the MOSAC was created to develop a system of recommended sentences and for the purposes of studying sentencing practices for disparities among the various circuit courts with respect to the length of sentences and use of probation.

From the 2009 Report, some interesting points to highlight:

  1. Average prison sentence for Taney County cases was 5.7 years for 2007-2009, compared with 4.9 years for 2005-2007.
  2. Taney County ranked in the top ten (10) of all Missouri counties for nonviolent crime conviction rates. Noviolent offenses include, drugs, driving while intoxicated and various other property crimes.
  3. 20.3% of all circuit cases in Taney County ended up with a prison sentence as the disposition.

For more information, please visit the Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission at www.mosac.org. To download the complete 2009 biannual report please click below:

2009 MOSAC Report

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