The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

October 5, 2012

Judge orders man to stand trial in robbery case

A defendant accused of sticking a handgun in the face of a pizza deliveryman in a robbery July 29 in Joplin waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday and was ordered bound over for trial.

Caleb S. Baker, 20, of Joplin, waived the hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court and was bound over on charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. Associate Circuit Judge Richard Copeland set Baker’s initial appearance in a trial division of the court for Oct. 15.

Baker and two other defendants are accused of robbing a Domino’s Pizza deliveryman at gunpoint in the 1800 block of South Pearl Avenue. Baker allegedly approached the deliveryman in the company of the others and asked for change for a $20 bill. He then pulled the handgun out, and the three men made off with about $30 in cash and six pizzas, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Baker and the two other suspects were arrested a short time later at a nearby house.

One of the defendants, Shawn Simmons, pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of second-degree robbery in a plea deal limiting the prison time he might be assessed to no more than eight years. He will be sentenced Dec. 10.

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