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Woman gets prison time for violating probation

FARMINGTON — A Park Hills woman will spend some time in prison for violating the probation she received for breaking into a house to assault someone.

On Friday, Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte sentenced Deborah Biller, 52, to 15 years in prison for violating the probation she received for first-degree burglary and second-degree assault. The judge will place her on a new term of probation after she successfully completes a 120-day shock incarceration program.

According to court records, Biller entered a Desloge residence with the intent to stab a woman. She went into a bedroom and raised a butcher knife above another woman’s head as if to stab her. A man grabbed for the knife and during a struggle, removed the knife from her hand. He received a small laceration to his finger.

He told police that they got her out of the house and called 911. The woman said Biller told her she would be “back to finish the job.” Two children were present at the time of the attempted assault.

Police said Biller told them she went to the house with the intent to scare the woman.

In other cases, Gary F. Stamm, 43, of Desloge, was sentenced to three years in prison for violating the probation he received for driving while intoxicated.

Placed on five years of supervised probation were Jamie Willeford, 33, of Springfield, for failure to support a child; and Amber Cummings, 22, of Fredericktown, for possession of a controlled substance.

Teresa Ressel is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 179 or at

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