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DANIEL LEE PHERIGO CONVICTED OF BURGLARY

March 29, 2011

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell, announced today that DANIEL LEE PHERIGO a/k/a Daniel Lee Taylor a/k/a Daniel L. Derkits, DOB: 2/15/1978, of Kirbyville, Missouri, was found guilty Tuesday of three (3) felonies, in the Taney County Circuit Court. A four-man, eight-woman jury deliberated for just under two hours Tuesday before returning verdicts of guilty on the charges of burglary in the second degree, tampering in the first degree, and stealing. Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr, revoked Pherigo’s bond and scheduled sentencing for June 2, 2011.

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BRIAN FERRIS SENTENCED TO TWELVE (12) YEARS FOR D.W.I.

February 25, 2011

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell, announced today that BRIAN FERRIS, DOB: 3/22/1977, was sentenced Thursday by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr, to twelve (12) years in prison for the class B felony of driving while intoxicated. BRIAN FERRIS had entered a guilty plea after a jury was selected, and just prior to when opening statements in his jury trial were set to begin, on Monday morning September 20, 2010. Ferris had four prior alcohol related traffic convictions, which classified him as a chronic D.W.I. offender and made this offense a class B felony.

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MICHAEL SHARPE SENTENCED TO SEVENTEEN (17) YEARS FOR STABBING

February 25, 2011

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell, announced today that MICHAEL SHARPE, DOB: 4/29/1964, of Branson, Missouri, was sentenced Thursday by Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr, to seventeen (17) years in prison for the class A felony of domestic assault in the first degree and seventeen (17) years for the felony of armed criminal action. MICHAEL SHARPE had entered a guilty plea just prior to the time his jury trial was set to begin, on Monday morning November 29, 2010. Those sentences will run concurrently with one another, and any other sentences.

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FIVE (5) YEARS IN PRISON FOR BURGLARY OF BRANSON HILLS STORAGE

February 18, 2011

Christopher R. Glass (d.o.b. 12-31-1989), of Butler, Missouri, pleaded guilty on Thursday, February 17, 2011, to Burglary in the Second Degree and Property Damage in the First Degree, for his role in breaking into Branson Hills Storage in August of 2008. Taney County Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr sentenced Glass to five (5) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the Burglary, and four (4) years for the Property Damage, to be served concurrently, pursuant to a plea agreement. Glass had been in other states for much of the past two (2) years, during which time there was an outstanding Taney County warrant for these offenses.

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