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FIVE (5) YEARS IN PRISON FOR BURGLARY OF BRANSON HILLS STORAGE

February 18, 2011

Christopher R. Glass (d.o.b. 12-31-1989), of Butler, Missouri, pleaded guilty on Thursday, February 17, 2011, to Burglary in the Second Degree and Property Damage in the First Degree, for his role in breaking into Branson Hills Storage in August of 2008. Taney County Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr sentenced Glass to five (5) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the Burglary, and four (4) years for the Property Damage, to be served concurrently, pursuant to a plea agreement. Glass had been in other states for much of the past two (2) years, during which time there was an outstanding Taney County warrant for these offenses.

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PASSING COUNTERFEIT CASH BRINGS FIVE YEARS IN PRISON

February 18, 2011

Kayla Lee Orton (d.o.b. 7-25-1988), of Hollister, pleaded guilty on Thursday, February 17, 2011, to one count of the class C felony Forgery, for passing counterfeit cash to several local businesses in Hollister in 2010. Taney County Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr sentenced Orton to five (5) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the offense, pursuant to a plea agreement. Orton was on probation at the time she was caught passing the fake U.S. Currency.

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A LOCAL PROSECUTOR’S RESPONSE TO THE STATE OF THE JUDICIARY

February 11, 2011

On Wednesday, February 9, 2011, in Jefferson City, Chief Justice of Missouri’s Supreme Court, William Ray Price, delivered to Missouri legislators his annual State of the Judiciary Address. Taney County’s Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell, has prepared a brief response to Judge Price’s annual Address. “This response was born out of concern that the general public could easily be misled by Judge Price’s comments relating to non-violent offenders, and the incarceration of such offenders in Missouri prisons,” says Merrell.


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TRUMBO GUILTY OF RECKLESSLY INFECTING WOMAN WITH H.I.V.

January 17, 2011

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell, announced today that JEFFERY SCOTT TRUMBO, d.o.b. 2/23/1968, of Branson, Missouri, pleaded guilty on Thursday, January 13, 2011, to the class A felony of Recklessly Infecting Another with H.I.V. By a plea agreement entered between TRUMBO and the State, TRUMBO was sentenced by Taney County Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr at the time of his guilty plea to ten (10) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Probation was denied.

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