A homeless man pleaded guilty Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin to felony assault on a police officer after a vehicle chase in February. Sean S. McDaniels was sentenced to nine years in prison as a prior and persistent offender.
McDaniels, 29, pleaded guilty to Class B felony assault on an officer in a plea agreement with the prosecutor’s office that capped the prison time he could be assessed at 10 years. The state dismissed counts of tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance.
The defendant was arrested on three of the charges Feb. 14 after a high-speed chase in Joplin. An officer tried to stop a vehicle near North Street and High Avenue for improper plates, leading to a pursuit in which the fleeing vehicle reached speeds of 80 mph, traveled on the wrong side of streets for several blocks, and ran several stop signs and traffic lights, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
The chase came to an end when officers deflated two of the vehicle’s tires and the driver got out and tried to run. He was stopped with a stun gun, but continued resisting arrest and bit an officer on the arm, according to the affidavit. The vehicle later was reported stolen by its owner.
Circuit Judge Gayle Crane accepted the plea deal and assessed the prison term. Court documents show that McDaniels was prosecuted as a prior and persistent offender because of convictions earlier this year for resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance.
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Arma mother facing murder charge in sleeping baby’s death
Heather Buckalew fell asleep on a couch with her 4-month-old baby after a night last summer drinking beer with her boyfriend. The boyfriend, Donald Harvey, got up to go to work a few hours later and spotted his son, lying face down on a pillow between the back of the couch and his sleeping mother.
Former IRS worker gets probation after guilty plea to theft of funds
Pittsburg resident and former Internal Revenue Service employee Becky L. Book received two years probation after pleading guilty earlier this year to the theft of $26,449.65 in public funds.
Vandals cause $37,000 in damage at Joplin business
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Two plead guilty to post-tornado wire theft
Two defendants pleaded guilty Monday to stealing copper wire from utility poles in the wake of the May 22, 2011, tornado that struck Joplin. Timothy M. Silveria, 45, of Joplin, and Nycoa K. Kracht, 32, of Laurel, Ind., entered open pleas of guilty in Jasper County Circuit Court to felony counts of theft from a public utility.
Firefighters douse blaze inside wall; no injuries cited
The Joplin Fire Department used thermal-imaging equipment Wednesday night to detect a hidden fire inside a residence.
Exeter resident hurt in accident in Barry County
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Pittsburg couple arrested; children taken out of home
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Joplin man arrested on felony charge of past sexual abuse
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Identity-theft victim jailed on culprit’s warrant
Kurt Millard spent most of last weekend in the Jasper County Jail, locked up on another man’s arrest warrant. The 26-year-old Joplin resident could not convince his jailers they had the wrong guy. “I got the run-around the whole weekend,” Millard told the Globe. “I didn’t even get to wish my mother a happy Mother’s Day.”
Attorney general files suit against California contractor
Attorney General Chris Koster on Thursday filed a lawsuit against a California man, alleging he failed to provide construction materials and home repair services that had been paid for by victims of the Joplin tornado.
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