SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Tammy Dickinson, announced that two men were sentenced today in federal court, in separate and unrelated cases, for failing to register as sex offenders after moving to St. Robert, Mo., and Branson, Mo
According to a news release, Anthony Lovon Dixon, 44, of St. Robert, Mo., was sentenced to two years and six months in federal prison without parole by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark. Today’s sentencing is the maximum penalty recommended under the federal sentencing guidelines. Additionally, the court sentenced Dixon to 10 years of supervised release following incarceration.
Dixon pleaded guilty on November 5, 2015, to failing to register or update his registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act. Dixon, who was convicted in the state of Georgia in 2002 for sexually molesting an 11-year-old victim, traveled from Georgia and lived in Missouri for six months.
Dixon left the state without notifying anyone and moved to a new state, although he was previously convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in Georgia and was informed he had to maintain his registration.
Upon his arrival to Missouri, Dixon failed to register as a sex offender or notify law enforcement of his presence within the state so he could be properly monitored.
According to court documents, Dixon has been convicted on nine separate occasions for 11 separate criminal offenses. With the exception of the child molestation case, where he was given a three year sentence of incarceration, followed by a seven year sentence of probation, each and every other court has sentenced Dixon to probation.
In 2009, Dixon was convicted in the state of Georgia of failure to comply with the state sex offender registry and sentenced to 10 years of probation. According to court records, since then, Dixon has violated his probation four additional times and has been reinstated to probation each time.
In addition to using drugs and violating the court’s orders while on probation, at least two of Dixon’s violations were due to his continued failure to register as a sex offender.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Carney.
The second man, Lance L. Parker, 25, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rosann Ketchmark to 23 months in federal prison without parole, and was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release following incarceration. Parker is from Delaware, but had been staying at a hotel in Branson, Mo., at the time of his arrest.
Parker pleaded guilty on November 10, 2015, to failing to register or update his registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act.
In 2009, Parker was convicted of rape in the state of Delaware. On April 28, 2015, he escaped from Morris Correctional Community Center in Dover, Del., and fled the state with his girlfriend. They traveled to Missouri and stayed at a Branson motel for nearly a month before attempting to drive to Las Vegas. When their car broke down in New Mexico, they returned to Branson and stayed at a couple of different motels until Parker was arrested on June 22, 2015.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Branson, Mo., Police Department and the Taney County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Abram McGull, II.