June 10, 2011
On Thursday, June 9, 2011, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, Daniel M. Bean (d.o.b. 8/31/1983) of Kirbyville, entered guilty pleas to the felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr sentenced Bean to ten (10) years in prison for possession of methamphetamine and seven (7) years in prison for possession of paraphernalia, pursuant to a plea agreement between Bean and Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell. Bean had been charged by the Taney County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s office as a prior and persistent felony offender.
The guilty pleas stemmed from an arrest of Bean, at his home, by Taney County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies on April 11, 2011. As part of an investigation into drug manufacturing, Taney County Sheriffâ€™s Officers served a search warrant at the home of Daniel Bean at 1291 Rustic Acres Road, in Kirbyville. Bean was found by officers at the residence, and an outstanding parole warrant was in place for Beanâ€™s arrest. Found in the residence were several items of drug paraphernalia, items used to manufacture methamphetamine, and a measurable amount of the finished product of methamphetamine. Bean was the lone occupant of the residence. After Bean was advised of his rights, he admitted to a detective that he had been manufacturing meth, using meth, and that all of the contraband in the house was, in fact, his.
Possession of a controlled substance is a class C felony, which carries a range of punishment of up to seven (7) years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.00. Possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use is a class D felony, which carries a range of punishment of up to four (4) years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000.00. Because Bean had been charged as a prior and persistent felony offender, his maximum sentence for the C felony increased to fifteen (15) years, and his maximum sentence for the D felony increased to seven (7) years.
June 8, 2011
On Tuesday, June 7, 2011, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, a seven-man, five-woman jury returned guilty verdicts for promoting prostitution and endangering the welfare of a child against Ann Margaret Williams (d.o.b. 04/09/1966), of Protem, Missouri. Sentencing for Williams has been scheduled for August 11, 2011, in front of Judge Mark Orr.
The evidence in the case presented by the Taney County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s Office was that, in late-December 2006 through 2007, Williams forced her fifteen-year-old daughter to have sex with Billy Joe Hunter (d.o.b. 05/06/1947), of Protem, Missouri. The prosecution alleged that Williams did this in order to persuade Hunter to allow she and her children to reside with Hunter, as well as to persuade Hunter to have sex with the defendant following her daughter. In 2008, Williamsâ€™ daughter gave birth to a child, and DNA evidence proved the child was Hunterâ€™s. Just before the baby was born, Williamsâ€™ daughter told investigators that Williams actually required her to have sex with Hunter, that the daughter received money from Hunter for sex, and that Williams was present during all but one of the numerous sexual encounters.
Williams faces a maximum sentence of fifteen (15) years in prison for the promoting prostitution charge, and seven (7) years and/or a $5,000.00 fine for endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. In November of 2009, Billy Joe Hunter entered guilty pleas to the charges of statutory rape and statutory sodomy for his role in the abuse of Williamsâ€™ daughter.
May 24, 2011
Jeffery B. Unsell (d.o.b. 2/28/1973) returned to the Missouri Department of Corrections after a plea of guilty to the class D felony of aggravated stalking. The plea was entered in front of Taney County Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr on May 12, 2011. Unsell received a four (4) year prison sentence for this charge of aggravated stalking, pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutorâ€™s Office.
May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011, in the Circuit Court of Taney County, Jose Guadalupe Gregorio (d.o.b. 12/12/1978), of Branson, Missouri, entered a plea of guilty to the class B felony of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute before Judge Mark Orr. Gregorio was sentenced to ten (10) years in prison as a result of a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutorâ€™s Office
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