The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 23, 2013

Joplin man pleads guilty in robbery of convenience store

The Joplin Globe

— A 20-year-old Joplin man pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge in a convenience store robbery and will be sentenced in June.

Cooper W. Craig pleaded guilty in Jasper County Circuit Court to second-degree robbery and to a felony drug count in a plea agreement that would limit the prison time he might be assessed to no more than seven years, and would dismiss a count of armed criminal action.

Judge David Dally delayed formal action on the plea deal and set a sentencing hearing for June 24.

Craig had been charged with first-degree robbery in connection with a holdup of the Fastrip store at 1204 N. Duquesne Road on March 3, 2012. A probable-cause affidavit alleged that he inflicted a small cut on the neck of the clerk on duty with a sharp piece of plastic before making off with a few hundred dollars of the store’s cash.

The clerk recognized Craig, and a vehicle the defendant was driving was stopped by police a short time later, according to the affidavit. Money taken in the robbery, the piece of plastic the robber wielded, and a hooded fleece that he wore were seized as evidence.