TANEY COUNTY, Mo. – A 54-year-old man was sentenced Friday for the second-degree murder of a 72-year-old Hollister man.
Mark Bailey, of Highlandville, was sentenced to 20 years for second-degree murder, 15 years for kidnapping and seven years for felonious restraint – those sentences will run concurrently, according to a news release from the Taney County prosecutor.
In November 2015, Bailey helped Brandy Shaddox — charged with first-degree murder — buy zip ties and drive Larry Adams to a “remote location off Highway 65 in Walnut Shade, Missouri,” according to the news release. Adams died of hypothermia after being left bound in the car, abandoned. His body was found on Nov. 14, 2015.
“While Mark Bailey was clearly not the most-culpable actor in causing Mr. Adams’ death, the crime would likely not have been able to be completed if not for Bailey’s cooperation with Shaddox,” said Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell at the time of Bailey’s guilty plea.
Bailey pled guilty under the Alford guidelines, meaning he admits there’s sufficient evidence to convict him but doesn’t admit responsibility.
Shaddox’s jury trial was moved to Lawrence County and is set for April 23 at 9 a.m.