The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

August 24, 2012

Local man pleads guilty; probation granted

A rural Joplin man pleaded guilty Friday in Jasper County Circuit Court to a felony weapon offense and received a suspended imposition of sentence and probation.

Terry D. Beetem, 49, changed his plea to guilty on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon in a plea deal with the Jasper County prosecutor’s office. As part of the deal, the defendant waived his right to a sentencing-assessment report.

Circuit Judge David Mouton granted Beetem a suspended imposition of sentence and five years of probation. The judge also ordered that the defendant is to have no contact with the victim in the case.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, Beetem pointed a loaded .44-caliber Magnum handgun at his girlfriend and discharged the weapon into the air in anger during a domestic dispute June 30 at their home.

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