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Donald Shane Sperling (mug shot TCSO)
A man from Hollister is headed to prison for twenty-five years for stabbing his live-in girlfriend in June of 2009.
On June 25, 2009, Donald Shane Sperling and his girlfriend, (T. M.) were in a heated argument on the front lawn of a residence on Iowa Colony Road in Hollister when Sperling stabbed the woman nine times.
According to court documents, after the woman was stabbed she stumbled inside and told her son, "I'm going to die, he stabbed me." The victim's son met the ambulance at McDonald's in Hollister because they lived in a remote area, and his mother's wounds were life threatening.
T.M. was transported to Skaggs hospital then transferred to a Springfield hospital with critical injuries.

The day after the assault, Sperling walked in to the Ava police department and told them he was wanter in Hollister for stabbing his girlfriend.
Sperling, who was has two other felony convictions was also sentenced to twenty-five years (concurrently) for armed criminal action, and will have to serve at least 85% of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.
Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell said, "The twenty-five year sentence definitely fit this crime.”