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BRANSON MAN GUILTY OF BIGAMY

March 19, 2012

On Monday, March 19th, 2012, in the Taney County Associate Circuit Court, Michael S. Crow (DOB: 02-24-1969) of Branson, pleaded guilty to one count of Bigamy, and was sentenced by Judge Tony Williams to the maximum sentence of one (1) year in the Taney County Jail and a one thousand dollar ($1,000.00) fine. There was no agreement at the time of Crow’s guilty plea as to what sentence would be imposed, however, the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office agreed to dismiss one count of Crow’s two (2) counts of Bigamy prior to the defendant entering a guilty plea.

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VARRIEUR FOUND GUILTY IN ALTERCATION WITH BRANSON POLICE

March 15, 2012

RAYMOND D. VARRIEUR (d.o.b. 9-17-1980), of Branson, was found guilty as charged by Judge Mark Orr, after a bench trial held on January 26, 2012. Judge Orr scheduled Varrieur’s next appearance for April 12, 2012, at which time it is expected a sentencing date will be set. Varrieur was charged by the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office with the class D felony of resisting a lawful detention, the class C felony of tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree, class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, and the class A misdemeanor of assault on a law enforcement officer in the third degree.

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TELEVISION THEFT EARNS EIGHT (8) YEAR PRISON SENTENCE

March 9, 2012

On Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Taney County Circuit Court, CHRISTOPHER PARENTI (d/o/b 07-25-1982), of Branson, was sentenced by Judge Mark Orr to eight (8) years in prison for felony stealing. The charge stemmed from defendant’s theft of a television from Wal-Mart in April of 2011. Parenti’s eight (8) year prison sentence was executed pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office.

On April 19, 2011, Branson Police Officer Randall Blackburn was dispatched to the Wal-Mart on State Highway 76 in referencing to a stealing incident, in which a male stole a 55” flat screen television, valued at approximately $1,500.00. The man managed to leave the store with the television, but ultimately abandoned the TV in the parking lot and fled on foot. Surveillance footage was recovered by officers, but they were not immediately able to identify the man. On April 20, 2011, Branson Officer Lawrence Gott responded to a domestic dispute between a male and Christopher Parenti at a local apartment complex. During the investigation of that dispute, the male mentioned to officers, “because it was the right thing to do,” that the defendant admitted to him that he stole the television from Wal-Mart the previous night. With this new information, officers re-reviewed the surveillance footage and were able to successfully identify Parenti as the man who stole the television.

Parenti had pleaded guilty to the felony stealing charge as a prior and persistent felony offender, meaning that he had at least two (2) previous felony convictions. Felony stealing is a class C felony, which normally carries a maximum of seven (7) years and/or a fine of $5,000.00. Because the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office had charged Parenti as a prior and persistent offender, his maximum possible prison sentence was enhanced to fifteen (15) years.

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FIFTEEN (15) YEARS FOR PLEAS IN INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE METH CASE

March 8, 2012

ROBERT S. WILSON (d.o.b. 8/11/1954), of Hollister, Missouri, entered guilty pleas on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, before Taney County Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr on two (2) charges of class B felony of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, as a persistent felony drug offender. Wilson had previously been found guilty by Judge Orr following a bench trial held on November 16, 2011, for committing the same crime on another date, charged in a separate case.

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