A man from Forsyth pleads guilty to felony charges of resisting a lawful stop, assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and tampering with a motor vehicle.
The case against 38-year-old Johnny Dell Bryan, Jr. was moved to Stone County on a change of venue. Associate Circuit Judge Alan Blankenship sentenced Bryan to 10 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and tampering with a motor vehicle, and 7 years for resisting arrest.
Bryan was charged as a persistent felony offender. His sentences will run concurrently per a plea agreement with the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office.
The charges stem from an incident in December 2012 as deputies with the Taney County Sheriff’s Office were attempting to serve Bryan with an outstanding arrest warrant. When contacted by the deputies while Bryan was sleeping in a stolen vehicle, Bryan started the vehicle and attempted to back over the deputies.
Bryan fled the scene and led several law enforcement agencies on a high speed chase, with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour, along U-S 65, north into Christian County.
Bryan eventually dumped the vehicle and fled on foot. He was captured several days later following a standoff at a home in Powersite.