The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

January 29, 2014

Nevada woman enters guilty plea in robbery case

A Vernon County woman pleaded guilty this week to a robbery charge in connection with a shoplifting incident last year at the Wal-Mart store in Carthage.

Teresa A. Cargill, 48, of Nevada, pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery at a hearing Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin. She will be sentenced March 31.

Her plea deal with the Jasper County prosecutor’s office would limit the prison time that she might receive to no more than seven years. She had been facing from five to 15 years for the crime.

Cargill was arrested Oct. 3 after she attempted to pull a knife on a security worker of the store who tried to detain her for concealing store merchandise in her purse. According to a probable-cause affidavit, the knife became stuck in her pocket, and she fled the store.

Circuit Judge Gayle Crane delayed formal action on the plea agreement pending completion of a sentencing-assessment report.

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