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OFFICE MEMBERS RECOGNIZED FOR RESOURCEFULNESS

March 26, 2010

Awards were presented yesterday to two employees of the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office in their efforts in resourcefulness in the workplace.

Candy King, administrative assistant for the office, was recognized by Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell for her help in starting a recycling program for the prosecutors office. In response to the new recycling program, Jeff Merrell commented, “our office generates a ton of paper a day and I am glad we are now taking steps to recycle our waste instead of it ending up in a landfill.”

Shelia Kellett, a member of our bad checks and restitution department, was recognized for identifying an area in her department where some costs could be trimmed. In recognizing the efforts of Shelia, Jeff Merrell stated, “it is important in these economic times to make sure we are looking at maximizing our budget and being efficient with the limited resources we have available. I appreciate Shelia’s effort in recognizing an area where we can save money for the County in our day to day procedures.”

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FORMER SCHOOL TEACHER FOUND GUILTY OF CHILD MOLESTATION

February 24, 2010

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that MICHAEL HUNGERFORD, dob: 11/7/1955 of Powersite, Missouri was found guilty as charged of the class B felony child molestation in the first degree. The three day jury trial which completed today was moved to Christian County from Taney County on a change of venue motion filed by the defendant. The four (4) women and eight (8) man Christian County jury deliberated a little over five (5) hours before reaching their verdict.

On October 16, 2008, an eyewitness observed MICHAEL HUNGERFORD rubbing a ten year old student between the legs with his fingers in his classroom during school hours at the Forsyth Middle School. The ten year old student later disclosed this inappropriate rubbing during a forensic interview at the Child Advocacy Center in Springfield, Missouri. Investigation of the molestation and questioning of the defendant MICHAEL HUNGERFORD was completed by officers from the Forsyth Police Department.

Formal sentencing is set for May 11, 2010. The class B felony of child molestation in the first degree has a range of punishment of five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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FORMER KANAKUK CAMP DIRECTOR PLEADS GUILTY

February 19, 2010

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that PETER NEWMAN, dob: 10-30-1975 entered a plea of guilty today without a plea agreement in front of Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr to two counts of the unclassified felony of statutory sodomy in the first degree, three counts of the unclassified felony of enticement of a child, and two counts of the class C felony of statutory sodomy in the second degree.

Formal sentencing is set for April 30, 2010 at 9:00am. No agreement was made as to sentence. PETER NEWMAN faces a minimum punishment of five (5) years and a maximum punishment of one hundred and seventy-one (171) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for these offenses. Each count of the unclassified felony of enticement of a child has a range of punishment of not less than five (5) years and not more than thirty (30) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. No person convicted for enticement of a child shall be eligible for parole or probation for a period of five (5) calendar years. Each count of the unclassified felony of statutory sodomy in the first degree carries a range of punishment of five (5) to thirty (30) years, or life imprisonment in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Each count of the class C felony of statutory sodomy in the second degree has a range of punishment of one (1) day to one (1) year in the Taney County Jail, or one (1) year to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine not to exceed five thousand (5,000) dollars.

With this plea of guilty PETER NEWMAN will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from the Department of Corrections.

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TERRY HUEY MURDER CONVICTION AFFIRMED ON APPEAL

February 16, 2010

Taney County Prosecuting Attorney, Jeffrey M. Merrell announced today that the conviction of TERRY LYNN HUEY, dob: 12-26-1954, of Harrison, Arkansas for murder in the second degree, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon was affirmed by the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District. The decision was announced on January 27, 2010 in a unanimous summary order by the Court. TERRY LYNN HUEY was convicted by a six (6) man, six (6) woman jury after a three day jury trial in front of Taney County Circuit Judge Mark Orr back in August of 2008.

For a copy of the announcement click: www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=36776

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