Judge gives Tungate seven years in DOC

Posted 3/24/21

Michael Tungate, 32, of Belle, was sentenced on March 5 by Judge William Hickle to seven years in the Department of Corrections (DOC), to be served concurrently, after pleading guilty to two felony …

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Judge gives Tungate seven years in DOC

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Michael Tungate, 32, of Belle, was sentenced on March 5 by Judge William Hickle to seven years in the Department of Corrections (DOC), to be served concurrently, after pleading guilty to two felony offenses against a minor child.

Tungate pleaded guilty to first degree endangering the welfare of a child and was sentenced to seven years in the DOC, and pleaded guilty to felony sexual misconduct involving a child under 15 was sentenced to four years in the DOC with sentences to run concurrently.

Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman commented on the case, explaining that Tungate accepting the plea agreement meant the victim didn’t have to go through the experience of testifying in trial again.

“It is still a fair sentence where Tungate can get the help that he needs,” Heitman said. “I truly believe crimes were committed because of his alcohol and drug abuse and if he completes his sentence and stays sober, he can come out and be a productive member of society.”

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