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LOVELL FOUND GUILTY OF INTERFERING WITH AN ARREST

May 16, 2012

On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, a Taney County jury found Timothy E. Lovell (d/o/b 06-05-1966), formerly of Branson, guilty of the class D felony of interfering with an arrest. The 9-woman, 3-man jury heard one-and-a-half days of evidence, and reached the guilty verdict on Lovell after deliberating for over eight (8) hours. The same jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the issue of guilt for Lovell’s co-defendant, resulting in Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr to declare a mistrial with regard to the co-defendant’s charge. Assistant Prosecutor R. Tiffany Yarnell tried the case for the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office.

Interfering with an arrest carries a maximum sentence of four (4) years in prison and/or a fine of $5,000.00. Sentencing for Lovell has been scheduled for July 19, 2012.

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NATHAN GARDNER SENTENCED TO NINE (9) YEARS FOR HOME INVASION

May 10, 2012

On Thursday, May 10, 2012, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, Circuit Judge Mark Orr sentenced Nathan Alexander Gardner (d/o/b 2/29/1992), of Branson, to nine (9) years in prison for having been found guilty by a Taney County jury of three (3) felonies on March 6, 2012. A 7-woman, 5-man jury, in the Taney County Circuit Court unanimously agreed that Gardner was guilty of the charges of burglary in the first degree, assault in the first degree, and armed criminal action, after deliberating for about one-hour. The same jury deliberated on the sentences for each of the felonies, and returned recommendations of five (5) years for burglary in the first degree, six (6) years for assault in the first degree, and three (3) years for armed criminal action. After hearing arguments from the defense and the prosecution, Judge Orr sentenced Gardner to the sentences recommended by the jury, however, ordered that the three (3) years for armed criminal action should be served consecutively to the other recommended sentences.

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ERWIN SENTENCED TO SIX (6) YEARS IN PRISON IN MULTIPLE FELONY CASES

May 4, 2012

EDWARD D. ERWIN, III, (d.o.b. 8-6-1992), of Rockaway Beach, Missouri, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Mark Orr on Thursday, May 3, 2012, to six (6) years in prison for three class C felonies. Erwin entered a guilty plea in two (2) felony cases on Thursday pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office. In separate cases, Erwin pleaded guilty to the class C felonies of burglary in the second degree and stealing, for which he received concurrent six (6) year prison sentences. Erwin pleaded guilty to a total of two (2) class C felony counts burglary in the second degree, and one (1) class C felony count of stealing.

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TWENTY (20) YEAR SENTENCE FOR WAGGONER

April 19, 2012

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell, announced today that DANNY WAGGONER, JR., DOB: 5/25/1987, of Harrison, Arkansas, was sentenced Thursday, April 19, 2012, by Circuit Judge Mark Orr to prison terms on the charges of Robbery in the first degree, Tampering in the first degree, and Armed Criminal Action. Judge Orr sentenced Waggoner to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for Burglary in the first degree, seven (7) years for the Tampering in the first degree, and twenty (20) years for Armed Criminal Action. Waggoner had previously entered a guilty plea on February 16, 2012, to the three (3) felonies, in the Taney County Circuit Court, with the only agreement with the State being that the sentences could run concurrently with one another.

Burglary in the first degree carries a maximum punishment of fifteen (15) years in prison, and Tampering in the first degree carries a maximum punishment of seven (7) years in prison. The felony of Armed Criminal Action stems from Waggoner using a firearm to threaten the homeowner – who ultimately shot Waggoner – and there is no maximum sentence for that crime.

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