17 plead guilty in Barry County

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Golden man gets 20 years for second degree murder

In recent months, 17 people have pleaded guilty to felony charges in Barry County courts. Of the 17, five were sentenced to time in prison and 12 received probation.

Michael Beatty, 52, of Golden, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action after allegedly shooting Golden man Ed Smith in June 2015 and attempting to burn down the mobile home where the incident occurred at 26511 Farm Road 1255.

Beatty was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with credit for time served in the Barry County jail. Original additional charges of second-degree attempted arson and tampering with a motor vehicle were dropped.

Stephen Hensley, 29, of Cassville, was charged in June with statutory sodomy, sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child after committing sex acts with a child less than 10 years of age. The victim said the incidents occurred three times.

Hensley pleaded guilty to the statutory sodomy charge, and the other two charges were dropped. He was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections with credit for time served in the Barry County jail.

Joshua Clifton, 30, of Morrison, was charged in August with multiple felonies for allegedly stealing scratch-off tickets and cigarettes from the Yonkerville Store near Pierce City, breaking the front glass door to gain entry.

He pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and was sentenced to five years in prison. A second-degree property damage charge was dropped.

Clifton pleaded guilty to the same charge in Lawrence County and received the same five-year sentence.

Travis Jones, 39, of Cassville, was charged in August with four felonies after a foot chase in Cassville and a search that allegedly turned up black tar heroin, methamphetamine and prescription pills.

Jones pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of a controlled substance, and a felony resisting arrest charge was dropped. He as sentenced to five years in prison.

Chance Henson, 21, of Cassville, was charged in April with delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm and misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia after he was allegedly caught at a swimming area along Highway Y in possession of a gun, methamphetamine and prescription pills. Henson was a previously convicted felon, as in 2014, he was charged with robbing the Plaza pharmacy in Shell Knob, and he was on four years of probation for a leaving the scene of an accident charge in the same year.

Henson pleaded guilty to  three counts of possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Kevin Sanchez, 20, of Monett, was charged in May with first-degree burglary and misdemeanor stealing for allegedly crawling through the drive-through window of the Taco Bell in Monett and taking two $50 bills from the cash drawer.

Sanchez pleaded guilty to the burglary charge, and the stealing charge was dropped. He was sentenced to five years of supervised probation. 

Rebecca Dempsey, 31, of Kimberling City, was charged with three felonies and two misdemeanors in March 2016 after she was accused of intentionally wrecked her vehicle about five miles east of Seligman when a 3-month-old baby was in the car.

Dempsey pleaded guilty to two of the charges, first-degree assault and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. She was sentenced to five years of supervised probation for the assault, and seven years of supervised probation for the endangering the welfare of a child.

Ruben Christy, 43, of Monett, was charged in August with tampering with a motor vehicle after he allegedly stole a car from a home on Highway 112 in Cassville. Christy pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to three years of supervised probation.

In the case of the three men charged accused of attempting to steal a mower from a home in Washburn and being held at gunpoint until police arrived, all have pleaded guilty. The trio allegedly loaded the mower onto a trailer, and a neighbor of the victim followed the group, holding them at gunpoint until deputies arrived. All three men were originally charged with second-degree burglary and stealing.

Jeffrey Meier, 19, of Wahsburn, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor stealing and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation and 200 hours of community service. He has an active warrant for a felony stealing charge, filed in August.

Lucas Roller, 18, and Tyler Spreeman, both of Cassville, each pleaded guilty to misdemeanor stealing and were sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation and 200 hours of community service.

Justin Guilkey, 37, of Cassville, was charged in May with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and tampering with a witness in a felony prosecution after allegedly assaulting a witness in another felony case and stealing money from the victim’s wallet.

Guilkey pleaded guilty to the second-degree assault charge, and the other two were dropped. He was sentenced to five years of supervised probation.

In the case stemming from a January incident where a well-being check led to four people being found in a Cassville apartment with drugs, weapons and three bombs found in a vehicle, two have pleaded guilty.

Joseph Cramer, 29, of Anderson, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The three improvised explosive devices were found after a search of Cramer’s vehicle.

He pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon, two possession charges and the delivery charge, and the others were dropped. He was sentenced to five years of supervised probation.

Alana Tate, 19, of Cassville, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child, dropped from first-degree endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs and delivery of a controlled substance. She was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation.

Vanessa Ramos, 29, of Washburn, has charges of distribution of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child pending in two separate cases. 

Larry Delano, 56, of Cassville, still has all charges in that case pending, plus charges pending in two other alleged drug-related incidents later in 2017.

Landon Long, 23, of Cassville, was charged in March with unlawful use of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child after pointing a rifle at a woman and her 6-month-old child following a near collision of their vehicles on Highway 37.

Long pleaded guilty to the unlawful use of a weapon charge, and the endangering the welfare of a child charge was dropped. He was sentenced to three years of supervised probation.

Thomas Crone, 56, of Eagle Rock, was charged in May with first-degree domestic assault, armed criminal action and endangering the welfare of a child after shooting someone with a handgun at a home in Eagle Rock, grazing the victim’s leg, when a minor was in the home.

Crone pleaded guilty to second-degree domestic assault, lowered from the first-degree charge, and endangering the welfare of a child. The armed criminal action charge was dropped. He was sentenced to five years of supervised probation.

Jason Withnell, 37, of Monett, was charged in March with first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon for robbing the Herd’s Convenience Store in Monett at gunpoint in February. He was later arrested in Grove, Okla. 

Withnell brandished a handgun and demanded money from the store clerk, who said he left with about $942 and fled on foot. Another person who viewed the store’s video footage recognized Withnell, as he had performed card tricks in the store previously and had said in the past he “ought to rob the place.”

Withnell pleaded guilty to misdemeanor stealing and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation and 100 hours of community service by Sept. 1, 2018.

Christopher Trobaugh, 29, of Monett, was charged in July with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child after a call was placed claiming he was asleep in a vehicle while an infant was crying on the floorboard under the steering wheel.

Police followed Trobaugh’s vehicle as it left Monett South Park and later stopped Trobaugh, arresting him for an unrelated warrant. During a search of Trobaugh’s person and his vehicle, police found 10 hydrocodone pills and a syringe and spoon that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Trobaugh pleaded guilty to all three charges and received fie years of supervised probation.

Jackson Dempsey, 23, of Monett, was charged in March with second-degree burglary and receiving stolen property after breaking into the Beer Cave liquor store on Broadway in Monett in November 2016 and stealing about $700 in cash, plus cigarettes and alcohol, all valued at more than $1,900.

Video surveillance captured four burglars in the store, and stolen items were found in the Kelly Creek drainage channel. Dempsey initially denied any involvement, but a suspect interviewed later during the investigation said Dempsey participated.

Dempsey pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced to five years of supervised probation.

Some charges in cases pending have been dropped, such as the charges in a Seligman meth manufacturing case. Lacy Frazier, of Pineville; Jerry LeBlanc, of Bella Vista, Ark.; Michael Smallwood, of Seligman; and Whitney LeBlanc, of Seligman, were each arrested on charges of one count of manufacturing or producing a controlled substance in residence with child or within 2,000 feet of a school and two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child for operating a meth lab in Seligman.

Amy Boxx, Barry County prosecutor, said all charges against the four were dismissed, as the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team did not send anything to the state lab for analysis. 

“So, no evidence and no case,” she said.

Another case, against Danny Brock, of Cassville, was dropped. Brock was charged with first-degree statutory sodomy, first-degree child molestation and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly inappropriately touching a child less than 14 years of age. Brock was a former jailer at the Barry County jail, from August 2013 to September 2015, and his peace officer license was revoked following the charges.

Charges were also dropped against Tausha Brock relating to the case, for alleged witness tampering by physically and mentally abusing the victim for telling on Danny Brock.

Boxx said the two cases were dismissed when the complaining witness failed to appear twice.

The Monett Timesalso asked Boxx about multiple other cases which do not appear on CaseNet any more. She said most of those cases are still pending.

“Sometimes the court increases the security on Casenet when cases are scheduled for jury trial,” she said.

Those cases include:

- Kim Lawson, of Washburn, charged with making a terroristic threat for allegedly making bomb threat at Regal in Cassville.

- Christopher Stills, of Eagle Rock, charged with first-degree domestic assault with serious injury and second-degree kidnapping.

- Paul Bailey, of Cassville, charged with resisting arrest creating a substantial risk of serious injury after a police chase in a reportedly stolen vehicle in Cassville.

- Darrell Delong, of Troy, charged with first-degree burglary, armed criminal action and misdemeanor resisting arrest after chase from Washburn to Seligman where a gun was allegedly thrown out of a vehicle at Roaring River State Park.

- Teddy McIntire, of Purdy, the former Purdy public works superintendent charged with statutory sodomy.

Another case not pending any longer is against Herschel Harry, 28, of Purdy, who was charged with assaulting police. According to his obituary, Harry died suddenly on Nov. 22.

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