A Joplin man pleaded guilty Friday to attempted burglary in a plea deal that would dismiss three other counts he is facing related to an alleged robbery attempt last year at an address on 32nd Street.
Christopher D. Colon, 20, accepted a plea offer from the Jasper County prosecutor’s office that would dismiss two other felony counts of burglary and robbery and a misdemeanor charge of impersonating a police officer. The plea agreement would limit the prison time Colon might be assessed to four years.
Circuit Judge David Mouton delayed formal acceptance or rejection of the plea deal at the plea hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court and ordered a sentencing-assessment report on the defendant. The judge set a sentencing hearing for March 22.
Colon is accused of bursting into a home at 525 W. 32nd St. on April 29, 2012, and declaring to the occupants that he was an undercover police officer who was wearing a wire. According to a probable-cause affidavit filed in the case, he told them: “You can give me what you have, or I can kick your a--.”
The affidavit states that he punched and briefly fought with one of the occupants after being told to leave. He then pretended that he was going, but instead tackled an occupant before being forced outside. He later returned to the address with four other males and tried to break down the door of the residence in an effort to get at the occupants, the affidavit alleges.
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