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ALFRED GILBERT RECEIVES EIGHTEEN YEAR SENTENCE

January 17, 2011

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that ALFRED “FREDDY” GILBERT, dob: 1/15/1968 of Taneyville, Missouri was sentenced last Thursday to eighteen years (18) in the Missouri Department of Corrections by Christian County Associate Circuit Judge John Waters for the class A felony of Drug Trafficking in the 2nd Degree. On the same day, in a separate case, GILBERT was sentenced to ten (10) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the class B felony of Drug Trafficking in the 2nd Degree by Taney County Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr. Probation was denied and all sentences are to run concurrent.

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SIX YEARS IN PRISON FOR DRUG POSSESSOR

January 7, 2011

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that THOMAS DARNELL, dob: 5/20/1982 of Merriam Woods was sentenced by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr to six (6) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on two counts of the class C felony of possession of a controlled substance , and one hundred and sixty (160) days for the class A misdemeanor of resisting arrest by fleeing. Probation was denied and the sentences are to run concurrently.

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CHRISTOPHER HOWARD PLEADS GUILTY TO SHOE CARNIVAL ROBBERY

January 7, 2011

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that CHRISTOPHER HOWARD, dob: 12/05/1992 of Branson, Missouri entered an open plea without an agreement to the class B felony of robbery in the second degree in front of Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr Thursday.

On August 19th, 2010, CHRISTOPHER HOWARD entered the Shoe Carnival Store on Branson Hills Parkway and stole three pairs of tennis shoes. He ran out the door and jumped into a convertible being driven by another individual. A store employee ran after CHISTOPHER HOWARD, and during an attempt to stop the shoplifting was punched in the head by CHRISTOPER HOWARD and thrown to the ground from the moving vehicle. The store employee struck his head on the pavement and had to be air-lifted to a hospital in Springfield.
Formal sentencing is set for February 17, 2001. As there was no plea agreement, CHRISTOPHER HOWARD faces the entire range of punishment for the class B felony of robbery in the second degree of five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Department of Corrections.

ANDREW EVANS, dob: 8/6/1992 of Branson, Missouri is also charged and awaiting trial in connection with this robbery. Please be advised that the charge filed against the defendant is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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ROBERT NELSON SENTENCED TO TWENTY (20) YEARS IN PRISON

December 17, 2010

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that ROBERT NELSON, dob: 7/2/1969 of Kissee Mills, Missouri was sentenced Wednesday by Christian County Judge John Waters to ten (10) years on each of two counts of child molestation in the first degree. Probation was denied and both counts are to run consecutive. On Friday, October 1, 2010, a 4-man, 8-woman jury returned a guilty verdict against ROBERT D. NELSON. Nelson was put on trial in Christian County on a change of venue for molesting a nine-year-old girl at his Taney County home in May of 2005.

The two counts of child molestation in the first degree had originally been part of an eight-count felony information, but the counts were severed by the Court. ROBERT D. NELSON still awaits trial on the remaining six counts, which involve two other alleged victims. Please be advised that the pending charges filed against the defendant ROBERT D. NELSON are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless prove guilty.

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