Samantha Smitherman (d.o.b. 1/23/1991) of Springfield, Missouri, was sentenced on Thursday to fifteen (15) years in prison for her role in a series of car break-ins occurring on October 5, 2010.
On November 17, 2011, Taney County Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr sentenced Smitherman, pursuant to a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s office, to concurrent fifteen (15) year prison terms on six (6) different class C felonies â€“ one (1) class C felony of Stealing and five (5) class C felonies of Tampering in the First Degree. A class C felony normally carries a maximum penalty not to exceed seven (7) years in prison and/or a $5,000.00 fine, however, Smitherman was charged by the State as a persistent felony offender. Because Smitherman had been previously convicted of two (2) or more felony offenses, her maximum sentence on each class C felony was enhanced to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
On October 5, 2010, Smitherman was driving a stolen car around Branson, along with two other individuals. Smitherman and her accomplices used a tool to smash the windows out of several automobiles around Branson, stealing purses and other items from inside â€“ including at a Branson School parking lot. Smitherman was developed as a suspect through an investigation by Branson Police, who tracked the use of credit cards stolen from the victimsâ€™ purses. During an interview with Branson Police, Smitherman admitted to her involvement in the crime spree.