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 was attempting to arrest 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.

Sheriff Boles had served with the Taney County Sheriff's Office for at least 16 years and was elected Sheriff in 1912. He was survived by his wife, five sons, a daughter, and two stepdaughters.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

arrest attempt, convicted felon

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August marks 100 years since Sheriff Boles was killed in the line of duty. The Taney County 100 Club would like to honor Sheriff Boles by dedicating a 'Heroes Way' street in his name in Hollister, MO (where he lost his life). We are seeking permission from his grandchildren but have been unsuccessful in contacting them. I see great grandchildren posting - please reach out to us at if we can help honor your great grandfather.

Cory Roebuck, Board Chair
Taney County 100 Club

February 13, 2024

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