JAMES EDWARD BARRETT, d/o/b 6-10-1969, of Branson, was sentenced on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, to ten (10) years in prison for the class B felony of sale of a controlled substance, in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Barrett had pleaded guilty to the charge on October 30, 2018, with no agreement from the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office about what sentence he would receive. After hearing sentencing arguments from Barrett’s attorney and Assistant Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Kondro, Judge Tony Williams sentenced Barrett to the Missouri Department of Corrections for ten (10) years.

Barrett’s charge stemmed from an investigation that culminated in Barrett selling methamphetamine to an undercover officer with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, on July 28, 2016. Barrett had previously been found guilty of felony offenses in Stone County, Missouri, and Lincoln County, Missouri, respectively.

The class B felony of sale of a controlled substance carries a range of punishment of from five (5) years up to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.