The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

April 1, 2013

Defendant given shock prison time in Carthage robbery case

A Jasper County judge assessed at least 120 days of shock incarceration for the last of three defendants to be sentenced for the 2010 robbery of a pizza deliveryman in Carthage.

Circuit Judge Gayle Crane sentenced Clayton J. Flowers, 19, of Carthage, to 15 years in prison on a conviction for second-degree robbery at a hearing Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin. But the judge ordered that he be placed at the state prison system’s Institutional Treatment Center in a shock-incarceration program that calls for a review for possible placement on probation after 120 days.

The defendant and two accomplices robbed a delivery driver for Domino’s Pizza on Nov. 26, 2010, in the 1400 block of Miller Street in Carthage. They took pizza, hot wings, money and a cellphone off the driver at knife point.

They were located and arrested by police a short time after the robbery still in possession of some of the food.

Thomas Harrison-Taylor, 22, who, like Flowers, reportedly displayed a knife during the robbery, received the same sentence as Flowers after pleading guilty in 2011. After 120 days of shock incarceration, he was placed on probation. But Harrison-Taylor’s probation was revoked in October 2012, and he was sent back to prison, according to court records.

The third defendant in the case, Garrett K. Jones, 19, of Carthage, was assessed a 10-year suspended sentence and five years of supervised probation.

Plea agreement

CLAYTON FLOWERS pleaded guilty Dec. 17 to second-degree robbery in a plea agreement dismissing a second count of armed criminal action.

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