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CHARLES KING GETS TEN (10) YEARS FOR TRAFFICKING METHAMPHETAMINE

January 19, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that last Thursday CHARLES KING, dob: 06/30/1949, of Branson Missouri, was sentenced by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr to ten (10) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for class B felony of trafficking in the second degree. Probation was denied.

On June 3, 2008, C.O.M.E.T. drug task force officers executed a search warrant at the residence of CHARLES KING in Branson, Missouri. During a search of the residence C.O.M.E.T. officers found multiple items of drug paraphernalia, approximately $3000.00 in cash and sixteen individual bags each containing a white crystalline substance. CHARLES KING who goes by the street name “Prime Time Charlie” had been under investigation by C.O.M.E.T. for his involvement in the distribution of methamphetamine. The substances seized from the residence of CHARLES KING was later tested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab and determined to be methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance weighing 50.02 grams.

In response to the sentence, Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey M. Merrell stated, “I am grateful for the hard work of our law enforcement officers and their help in the investigation and successful prosecution of “Prime Time Charlie.” Hopefully this sentence sends a message to people that if you choose to traffic methamphetamine in Taney County you will end up in prison.”

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FELIX E. HORNE GETS MAXIMUM SENTENCE FOR ASSAULT ON DEPUTY

January 19, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that FELIX E. HORNE, dob: 2/15/1963 of Hollister, Missouri was sentenced to the maximum one (1) year in the Taney County Jail by Circuit Judge Mark Orr for the class A misdemeanor of Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer in the 3rd degree. Probation was denied. On November 19, 2008, FELIX E. HORNE was found guilty by a Taney County jury for the misdemeanor offense of Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer in the 3rd Degree.

On June 10, 2007, a Deputy with the Taney County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a residence in Hollister for a physical domestic assault call. At that location, FELIX E. HORNE was arrested and held due to intoxication. While in route to the jail, FELIX E. HORNE took off his seat belt, threatened the Deputy and tried to reach for his service weapon while handcuffed. The Deputy responded by stopping his truck throwing FELIX E. HORNE into the windshield of his vehicle. FELIX E. HORNE was put back in his seat and secured and transported to the jail at that point without incident.

The class A misdemeanor of Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer in the 3rd degree has a range of punishment of one (1) day to one (1) year in the Taney County Jail and/or a fine not to exceed $1,000.

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ANTONIEO MURPHY, JR. PLEADS TO ROBBERY IN THE 1ST DEGREE

January 19, 2009

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that ANTONIEO MURPHY, JR., dob: 6/14/1991 entered a plea last Thursday in front of Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr to the class A felony of robbery in the first degree, the class C felony of felonious restraint, the class C felony of tampering in the first degree and the unclassified felony of armed criminal action. Under the terms of the plea agreement, ANONIEO MURPHY, JR. faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in the Department of Corrections.

On July 20, 2008 at the White River Mountain Apartment buildings, ANTONIEO MURPHY, JR. and another individual forced an elderly man back into his car at gunpoint as he was coming home from work at the Branson Community Center. During a drive around Hollister, the victim was robbed at gunpoint of approximately $200.00 in cash and various credit cards.  The victim was later released and abandoned at the Dixie Stampede in Branson, Missouri.

Formal sentencing is set in this case for March 19, 2009. Charges against the co-defendant still remain pending at this time.

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BILL LAWRENCE ENTERS PLEA TO PROMOTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

December 29, 2008

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that on December 18th, BILL LAWRENCE, dob: 12/04/1961, of Branson Missouri, entered a plea without an agreement to the class B felony of promoting child pornography in the first degree, and to the class D felony of possession of child pornography in front of Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr.  As there was no plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutors Office, BILL LAWRENCE faces the entire range of punishment for each count. Formal sentencing in this matter is set for February 19, 2009.

During undercover operations by the Tri-Lakes Regional Internet Crimes Task Force in July of this year, a computer was indentified sharing child pornography on the Internet over popular peer-to-peer (P2P) software. The computer was tracked down and identified as operating out of a residence in Branson, Missouri on an internet account of the defendant, BILL LAWRENCE. A search warrant was obtained for BILL LAWRENCE’S residence in Branson and his computer was seized. A forensic search of his computer discovered multiple videos and images of child porngraphy.

The class B felony of promoting child pornography in the first degree has a range of punishment of five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. A person has committed the offense of promoting child pornography in the first degree when knowing of its content and character, such person possesses with the intent to promote or promotes child pornography of a child less than fourteen years of age or obscene material portraying what appears to be a child less than fourteen years of age.

The class D felony of possession of child pornography has a range of punishment of one (1) day to one (1) year in the county jail, one (1) year to four (4) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000. A person has committed the offense of possesion of child pornography when knowing of its content and character, such person possesses any child pornography of a minor under the age of eighteen or obscene material portraying what appears to be a minor under the age of eighteen.

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