STEPHEN R. STANFIELD, d/o/b 4-04-1985, of Branson, entered a guilty plea Thursday, March 5, 2015, to the class C felony of possession of a controlled substance, in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Judge Laura Johnson sentenced Stanfield to four (4) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, pursuant to a plea agreement.

Stanfield was arrested in the early morning hours of February 11, 2015, by Forsyth Police Officer Michelle Pugh. Office Pugh was investigating a disturbance at a residence on Proverbs Court, in Forsyth, when she discovered Stanfield and two (2) other individuals in possession of several items of drug paraphernalia, as well as meth and pills. Stanfield entered the guilty plea less than one (1) month after his arrest, and before the results from the drug testing was received from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab.

A class C felony carries a maximum punishment of up to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine of not more than $5,000.00.