Sheriff Newt D. Boles

Sheriff Newt D. Boles

Taney County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, August 12, 1924

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Newt D. Boles

Sheriff Newt Boles was shot and killed on a farm near Hollister by a man he arrested for robbing a bank in Protem.

The suspect surrendered to authorities near Branson two days later. A woman who owned the farm was also arrested when it was discovered that she slipped the pistol to the suspect that he used to kill Sheriff Boles.

On December 5th, 1924, the suspect, 24, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years for bank robbery. He was paroled on December 23, 1953. The woman was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 12 years. She was released on August 15, 1932.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Paroled in 1953

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Ray Lambeth is his only surviving daughter. N.D. Bowles had 5 boys and 1 daughter. He also had two step daughters. His daughter Ray is currently 105 years old living in Idaho with her daughter Pat. His daughter Ray talks about her dad and the day he was killed with great detail. Ray was 7 years old when her dad was killed. She remembers him as a fun and loving father. He was a very kind man and the community loved him. He was well respected and was serving a second term as sheriff when he was killed. His first wife died and left him with 5 boys to raise. He married a few years later to Janey Ray Praither who had two girls from a previous marriage. Ray is the only daughter of N.D. And Janey. N.D. loved to fish, hunt and play the fiddle.

David Tanner
Great Grandson

February 18, 2022

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