June 20, 2012
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today that former Deputy Sheriff Dophes Barton of Alton, Missouri, has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty in March to four counts of burglary and four counts of stealing.
Barton was serving as a deputy with the Oregon County Sheriff’s Department when he committed the crimes to which he pleaded in March. His guilty plea and sentencing took place in Butler County after a change of venue from Oregon County.
Koster said that between August 13, 2010, and December 12, 2010, Barton broke into four Oregon County buildings: a barn leased by deer hunters, a private workshop, Brad’s Bike Shop, and a Missouri Department of Transportation shed. Barton stole tools and equipment, including a four-wheeler, generators, chain saws, and hammer drills. Many of the stolen items were later located at Barton’s house during the execution of a search warrant.
“Missourians hold their law enforcement officials in the highest regard,” Koster said, “and the vast majority of officers more than deserve that faith day in and day out. It is disappointing that this officer of the law breached the public trust. Mr. Barton has admitted his guilt and now will serve his punishment.”
Koster said the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office conducted the initial investigation. Assistant Attorneys General Elizabeth Bock and Joshua Harrell prosecuted the case.