The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

April 9, 2014

Webb City man pleads guilty in assault case

A Webb City man has pleaded guilty to hitting his former girlfriend in the face with a walking stick so hard that one of her eyeballs was knocked loose from its socket.

Carroll W. Meyer, 53, pleaded guilty Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court to a reduced count of second-degree assault in a plea agreement limiting the prison time he might receive to no more than 10 years.

Meyer was facing a Class A felony offense of first-degree assault for the attack on his girlfriend, Halie Fahretdinova, 34, on Jan. 10, 2012. A first-degree assault conviction carries from 10 to 30 years or up to life in prison. The prosecutor’s office allowed Meyer to plead guilty to a Class C felony instead with the punishment range of a Class B felony.

Judge David Dally delayed formal action on the plea deal pending completion of a sentencing-assessment report. The judge set Meyer’s sentencing hearing for June 9.

A probable-cause affidavit states that Meyer forced his way into Fahretdinova’s residence in Webb City and struck her with a walking stick with tape wrapped around its handle. She was taken by ambulance to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin and later flown to a Springfield hospital for treatment of her injuries. The affidavit states that she required two surgeries to repair the damage to her face.

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