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December 2, 2010

Attorney General Koster announces sentencing in Adair County drug case

Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster said today Adair County Circuit Judge Russell Steele has sentenced Stephen Munn to 12 years in state prison after he pled guilty to possession of controlled substances, including methampethamine, and 1 year in the Adair County Jail for resisting arrest. Munn was sentenced as a prior and persistent offender.

Koster said when officers arrived at Munn's residence to serve a search warrant, he resisted arrest by fleeing. During the subsequent search of Munn's residence, officers located controlled substances, as well as equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine. Officers also discovered a wanted felon at the home. Koster said Munn had been using a mentally challenged man who was in his care to purchase pseudoephedrine in exchange for providing him soda. Pseudoephedrine is used to make methamphetamine.

"This is just another example of why we need to have more stringent regulation restricting access to pseudophedrine," Koster said. "Stephen Munn was responsible for the well being of a mentally challenged man and used him to purchase the main ingredient needed to manufacture methamphetamine. This is unconscionable, and I am grateful that the defendant will be removed from society for years to come."

Koster said his office assisted Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Williams on the case.

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