November 9, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today Judge Kenneth Michael Hayden has sentenced Stephen Shaw, 27, to ten years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for one count of burglary; ten years for one count of stealing; and 7 years for one count of attempted burglary. Shaw pled guilty to all three counts on September 9 in the Laclede County Circuit Court, where the cases had been moved from Ozark County on a change of venue. Shaw’s sentences will run concurrently.
Koster said Shaw, of Gainesville, Missouri, stole more than $900 worth of aluminum blocks and copper wiring from an Ozark County scrap yard in June 2008. In the overnight hours of December 30, 2009, he broke into a Gainesville business, stole candy from a vending machine, and then attempted to break into a convenience store by breaking through the store’s front door glass. Shaw is a persistent felony offender with previous felony burglary convictions in 2003 and 2005.
Koster said Assistant Attorney General Josh Harrel served as special prosecutor.