A 31-year-old man pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in a Carthage assault case and was assessed a suspended sentence.
At a hearing Wednesday in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin, Bobbie Joe Williams pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in a plea deal with the prosecutor’s office.
Williams had been facing a charge of first-degree assault in the punching and head butting of Gary Pinckney on Jan. 7, 2011, in Carthage. Pinckney suffered a fractured orbital bone, lacerations to an eyelid and a loss of some teeth as a consequence of the assault, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
Williams waived his right to a sentencing-assessment report as part of the plea bargain, and Circuit Judge Gayle Crane assessed him seven years for the conviction, with execution of the sentence suspended and the defendant placed on supervised probation for five years.
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