The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 21, 2012

Judge grants man suspended sentence in plea bargain

A Joplin man who was facing a felony weapon charge pleaded guilty Wednesday to a lesser offense and was assessed a suspended sentence.

David M. Fennewald, 29, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault at a hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court in a plea agreement with the prosecutor’s office. He had been facing a felony count of unlawful use of a weapon for allegedly threatening a woman with a knife on June 5 at his home in the 2200 block of South Moffet Avenue.

Associate Judge Richard Copeland accepted the plea deal and assessed Fennewald a year in jail, with execution of the sentence suspended and the defendant placed on unsupervised probation for one year. The judge ordered the defendant to submit to a psychiatric evaluation and to complete any recommended counseling or treatment.