Former local dentist will not have second trial, sentenced to probation.

Former Kirksville dentist Arnold Stephen Barber won’t be heading back to court after all.

Barber, who was found guilty of felony witness tampering in 2011, sentenced to five years in prison, but later won an appeal due largely to the court’s recording equipment having malfunctioned, entered an Alford plea Thursday in Adair County Circuit Court.

An Alford plea is one in which the defendant does not admit guilt, but does admit the prosecutor has enough evidence for a conviction.

According to, Barber was then sentenced to five years in prison on the two counts of witness tampering, but the sentence was suspended and he will instead serve five years of supervised probation in a decision by Judge Karl DeMarce.

The original charges alleged Barber offered bribe to witnesses in the Tom Oswald sex abuse case.