Sheriff Sidney Leland Houghton

Sheriff Sidney Leland Houghton

Daviess County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, September 11, 1977

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Sidney Leland Houghton

Sheriff Sidney Houghton was shot and killed by a 16-year-old boy whom he had just transported home after the boy crashed his car into a ditch.

Sheriff Houghton had towed the boy's vehicle to Gallatin after the boy had crashed the vehicle. He then drove the boy and his mother to their home in a rural area six miles northwest of Gallatin. Sheriff Houghton was preparing to leave when the boy came back out of the house, approached the car, and shot him several times with a .22 caliber pistol.

The subject was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life without parole on December 7th, 1978.

Sheriff Houghton was survived by his wife, two sons, and a foster son.


  • Age 65
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

juvenile offender, retaliation

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the th 36th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

May 5, 2013

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