On Thursday, November 19, 2015, Taney County Circuit Court Judge Laura Johnson sentenced JUSTIN LEE CHAMBERS, d/o/b 8-26-1983, of Harrison, Arkansas, to seven (7) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the class C felonies of receiving stolen property and possession of a forging instrumentality. The sentences were ordered pursuant to a plea agreement between Chambers and the Taney County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Chambers’ receiving stolen property sentence was the result of his March 31, 2015, arrest at the Good Shepherd Inn, in Branson. Chambers was arrested by Branson Police for being in possession of a 2002 Jeep Wrangler that had been reported stolen to Springfield Police on March 15, 2015. Chambers had initially claimed he borrowed the Jeep and did not know it was stolen.
Then, on June 5, 2015, Chambers was contacted by Branson Police at the Stratford House Inn, on Highway 76, in Branson, as part of a multi-jurisdictional investigation into the passing of several forged checks. Taney County Sheriff’s deputies, along with Branson Police officers found Chambers in possession of another man’s stolen identification card, checks, and a typewriter – which Chambers admitted he used to fraudulently alter checks.
Each of those class C felonies carry a maximum prison sentence of seven (7) years. Pursuant to the guilty plea, Chambers’ sentences will run concurrently with one another.