Wife of child molester guilty in witness tampering charge
JASPER, Mo. (AP) — The wife of a southwest Missouri man imprisoned for sexually molesting a young girl admitted to trying to keep the girl from testifying.
The Joplin Globe reports 31-year-old Audrey Taffner pleaded guilty Monday in a plea agreement with a five-year cap on any sentence she might receive.
Circuit Judge Dean Dankelson delayed formal ruling on the plea and ordered a sentencing assessment before her sentencing hearing July 1.
The defendant’s husband, 30-year-old Jerred Taffner was sentenced in April to 15 years in prison with no chance of parole for molesting a child under the age of 12.
Investigators say Audrey Taffner was caught discussing ways to keep the girl from testifying during a jailhouse with her husband during a visit about a year ago. The conversation was recorded.
Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com