The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

March 29, 2014

Joplin woman pleads guilty in robbery case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Joplin woman took a plea deal Friday on robbery and drug charges she was facing in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Shauna N. Montgomery, 21, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree robbery and to a felony drug possession count in a plea agreement that would limit the prison sentences that she might receive to seven years for the robbery and five years for possession of a controlled substance. Two other counts of possession of a controlled substance would be dismissed under terms of her plea bargain.

Montgomery threatened to stab an employee of the J.C. Penney store at Northpark Mall in Joplin on  Feb. 2 when the employee tried to keep her from leaving the business without paying for $191 worth of merchandise.

Two of the felony drug counts stemmed from an arrest May 16 of last year on Joplin city warrants. Police allegedly found a morphine pill and five alprazolam pills in her possession.

Circuit Judge David Mouton delayed formal acceptance or rejection of Montgomery’s plea deal and ordered a sentencing-assessment report. The judge set her sentencing hearing for July 18.

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