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By Kathee Baird/edited news release Galena, Mo.- Several people received prison sentences this week in Stone County, according to a press release from Prosecutor Matt Selby.
Kelby Tettenhorst, 19, pled guilty and was sentenced to 7 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections during Law Day in Stone County on Monday, October 6. In June of 2013, a homeowner in Crane reported that his house had been broken into and a number of guns were stolen. In the course if the investigation by Stone County Detective Bruce Belin, Tettenhorst became a suspect. On January 21, 2014, Detective Belin interviewed the defendant and in the course of the interview he admitted that he had gone to the residence with another individual for the purpose of stealing items to obtain money to buy drugs.
Tara Carroll, 23, pled guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison for methamphetamine possession. In August of this year, Stone County Deputy Taylor Jenkins made a traffic stop of a vehicle and recognized the passenger, Carroll, as having an active warrant for her arrest. When she was searched following her arrest, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were in her possession. Charges were filed the same date, August 10, 2014, and she was ultimately convicted and sentenced. Selby complimented the work of Deputy Jenkins for recognizing that Carroll was a wanted person.
Christina Compton, 35, was sentenced to seven years for burglary, tampering, and possession charges for a 2012 incident.. On November 29, 2012, a residence on State Highway 13, was broken into.
On November 29, 2012, a neighbor noticed vehicles at an unoccupied residence. The residence was unoccupied, but an observant neighbor noticed vehicles at the residence that should not have been there. Stone County deputies who responded to the call found the house had been forcibly entered and items from inside the house had been removed and were either setting outside or had been loaded into one of the vehicles, and found Compton hiding in the residence.
A vehicle on the property belonging to the property owner had also been tampered with. Three men were also present with Compton. The defendant and the men were taken into custody and subsequently charged. Upon his arrival the owner found a purse which was turned over to Stone County law enforcement officers. When the purse was searched, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and Compton’s driver’s license were found inside.
Selby said Compton has prior felony convictions and a lengthy prison sentence was appropriate.
In other court news, Austin Pendergrass and Carl Jackson were each sentenced to five years probation on meth charges.
Thomas Shockley received five years probation after serving approximately 90 days in the Stone County jail for possessing an imitation controlled substance. Katrina Starnes was also placed on probation for possessing meth paraphernalia.