The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 11, 2013

Joplin man granted suspended sentence in case involving meth

— A Joplin man has been assessed a suspended sentence on a conviction for manufacturing methamphetamine close to a school.

At a hearing Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court, Judge David Dally sentenced Matthew I. Carr, 31, to 10 years in prison but suspended execution of the sentence and placed him on supervised probation for five years.

Carr pleaded guilty Aug. 6 of last year and was ordered by Dally to complete the local drug court program. He was sentenced Monday upon completion of that program.

Carr was arrested March 13, 2012, in an investigation by the Jasper County Drug Task Force. Chemical precursors and components of a meth lab were found inside his apartment at 2920 Markwardt St., which is within 2000 feet of Eastmorland Elementary School, according to a probable-cause affidavit.