The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

May 22, 2012

Circuit judge places man on probation

A Jasper County judge granted a Joplin man a suspended sentence and probation Monday on a conviction for trafficking in cocaine.

David G. Latham Jr., 31, pleaded guilty in January in Jasper County Circuit Court to second-degree trafficking in drugs in connection with an arrest on June 6, 2010, when a search of his home at 1415 S. Wall Ave. by police resulted in the seizure of 7.1 grams of cocaine and a handgun.

Circuit Judge Gayle Crane assessed Latham 15 years for the conviction, but suspended execution of the sentence and placed him on probation for five years. The judge ordered that he complete 75 hours of community service.

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