The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

May 25, 2012

Joplin man draws suspended sentence

A rural Joplin man accused of pulling a gun on his grandmother pleaded guilty this week in Jasper County Circuit Court to a reduced charge of assault and was assessed a suspended sentence.

Justin E. Horner, 21, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in a plea agreement with the Jasper County prosecutor’s office. Horner had been facing a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon for pointing a handgun at his grandmother and threatening her during an argument March 31 on her property at 1512 W. Zora Road.

Associate Circuit Judge Richard Copeland accepted the plea agreement and assessed Horner one year in jail, with execution of the sentence suspended and the defendant placed on supervised probation for two years.

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