On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, BRANDON L. McBRIDE, d/o/b: 3-29-1982, entered a plea of guilty to the class C felony of receiving stolen property in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Circuit Court Judge Mark Orr sentenced McBride to ten (10) years in prison for the charge, pursuant to a plea agreement with Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell.

On the evening of December 12, 2013, while out on supervised probation for felony convictions of drug possession and aggravated stalking, McBride was found driving a car with an open container of beer and three (3) passengers inside. Once officers with the Hollister Police Department began searching the car, they discovered multiple new Nintendo DS game systems and a tablet – having a combined value in excess of $500.00. When officers began asking about the new electronics, McBride fled the scene on foot. An occupant of the car explained to officers that the electronics were stolen and belonged to McBride.

A class C felony carries a maximum sentence of seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a $5,000.00 fine. However, McBride was charged as a prior and persistent felony offender – meaning he had at least two (2) prior unrelated felony convictions – increasing his potential maximum sentence to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. McBride’s probation was also revoked.