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Danny Waggoner will be sentenced in April


A man from Harrison, Arkansas who was shot by a homeowner during a home invasion burglary in Powersite last June has pleaded guilty.

Danny Paul Waggoner, 24, pleaded guilty Thursday (02-16-12) to first-degree burglary, first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, and armed criminal action.

Peggy Melton shot through a door, hitting Waggoner in the chest, after she came home and found him in her house on June 22.

Waggoner fled to a stolen truck driven by Courtney Gail Simpson.  The pair were arrested later and Waggoner was transported to a Springfield hospital for treatment.

Waggoner, who was not under police guard while he was hospitalized, walked away from the hospital eight days later and wasn't seen again until he was arrested three months later on DWI charges in Yankton, South Dakota. He has also pleaded guilty to the charges in South Dakota. 

As part of the plea deal in South Dakota Waggoner agreed to waive extradition back to Missouri to face charges here.


Courtney Simpson was given 120 days shock time and five years probation

Simpson, 22,  was sentenced last month to 120 days shock time in the Taney County jail after pleading guilty to burglary and tampering with a motor vehicle. She was also place on five years supervised probation.

When Waggoner is sentenced on April 19 he faces five to fifteen years in prison for burglary, up to seven years for tampering and three to thirty years for armed criminal action.

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