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Fromer Oregon County deputy sentenced to seven years

Friday, June 29, 2012

Former Oregon County Sheriff's Deputy, Dophes "Gene" Barton has received a sentence of seven years behind bars after pleading guilty in March to four counts each of burglary and stealing.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster reported that the crimes were all committed during Barton's tenure as a Deputy.

According to the Attorney General, between August 2010 and December 2010, Barton broke into four different 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, chainsaws and hammer drills.

Many of the stolen items were later located at Barton's home, during the execution of a search warrant.

"Missourians hold their law enfiorcement officials in the highest regard," Koster said. "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's trust."

Barton told the judge, "Your honor, I am sorry to stand before you today. I made bad decisions that will affect me the rest of my life. I apologize for my actions."

Oregon County Sheriff George Underwood made a statement to the judge, "Barton's actions not only affected the Oregon County Sheriff's Office, but all other law enforcement that serve and protect the citizens creating distrust in the community which we are still striving to repair. His actions were personal gain, greed, and were committed against those he was sworn to protect. "

Sheriff Underwood stated the oath that Barton took when he went into office and asked to the judge to remember all factors while considering Barton's sentence.

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