By Susan Redden
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. —
A judge assessed a Joplin man four years in prison Friday on a conviction for attempted burglary in the first-degree.
Circuit Judge David Mouton sentenced Christopher D. Colon, 21, to the term at a hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court. The judge ordered that Colon be sent to the Institutional Treatment Center of the Missouri Department of Corrections for 120 days before having his case reviewed by the court for possible placement on probation.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge Jan. 18 in a plea deal with the Jasper County prosecutor that limited the prison time he might be assessed to four years, and dismissed two other felony counts of burglary and robbery and a misdemeanor count of impersonating a law enforcement officer that he was facing.
Colon was accused of entering a home on West 32nd Street on April 29 of last year and informing the occupants that he was an undercover police officer and was wearing a wire. He reportedly told them: “You can give me what I want or I can kick your a--.” When the occupants failed to believe his claim and told him to leave, he allegedly tackled and assaulted one of them.
A probable-cause affidavit stated that he later returned to the address with four of his friends and they tried to break down the door of the residence.