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DANNY PRESTON SENTENCED TO A DECADE IN PRISON FOR DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

July 17, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that DANNY JAMES PRESTON, dob: 04/03/1960, of Forsyth, Missouri was sentenced Thursday to ten (10) years for driving while intoxicated and four (4) years for driving while license revoked by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr. Probation was denied and both sentences are to run concurrent. On May 21, 2009, DANNY JAMES PRESTON plead guilty without a plea agreement to the class B felony of driving while intoxicated as a chronic offender and to the class D felony of driving while license revoked.

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RICKY RAY BARNES RECEIVES SEVENTEEN YEAR SENTENCE

June 22, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that RICKY RAY BARNES, dob: 12/31/1975 of Kimberling City, Missouri was sentenced last Thursday to seventeen years (17) in the Missouri Department of Corrections by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr for the class A felony of Assault in the 1st Degree, ten (10) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the class B felony of burglary in the first degree, and three (3) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the class D felony of resisting arrest. Probation was denied and all sentences are to run concurrent.

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CLYDE MARTIN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS FOR FORGERY

June 22, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that CYLDE A. MARTIN, dob: 11/08/1963 of Kirbyville, Missouri was sentenced last Thursday to eight (8) years by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr for the class C felony of forgery as a prior and persistent offender. Probation was denied. On April 27, 2009, CLYDE A. MARTIN was found guilty of forgery by a ten (10) women, two (2) men Taney County jury.

On August 9, 2007, deputies with the Taney County Sheriff’s Department made contact with the defendant on K-Dock in Kirbyville, Missouri. When asked for his identity, CLYDE MARTIN gave deputies the wrong name, date of birth, and social security number. During the contact, the deputies discovered a marijuana pipe in plain view in CLYDE MARTIN’S vehicle. CLYDE MARTIN was arrested and given a citation for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia under the false name. CLYDE MARTIN signed the false name to the ticket. Later at the jail, the same deputies discovered that CLYDE MARTIN had used and signed a false name to the ticket.

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AUSTIN R. BAKER PLEADS GUILTY TO ROBBERY FIRST DEGREE

June 12, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell , announced today that AUSTIN R. BAKER DOB: 3/27/1989 of Branson, Missouri plead guilty without a plea agreement to the class A felony of robbery in the first degree in front of Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr. Formal sentencing in the matter is set for August 13, 2009.

On July 1, 2008, AUSTIN R. BAKER, entered Dalton’s Convenience Store in Branson, Missouri wearing a mask, pointed a handgun at the store clerk and demanded money from her register. AUSTIN R. BAKER fled the robbery with $928.00 in currency in a red Hyundai Tiburon. AUSTIN R. BAKER was identified by Branson Police Officers from a surveillance video at the store, and clothing used in the robbery was recovered from AUSTIN R. BAKER’s red Hyundai Tiburon. AUSTIN R. BAKER ended up turning himself in at the Chillicothe Police Department in Chillicothe, Missouri.

As there was not a plea agreement to the class A felony of robbery in the first degree, AUSTIN R. BAKER faces the entire range of punishment of a term of years not less than ten (10) years and not to exceed thirty (30) years, or life imprisonment.

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