The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 26, 2013

Guilty plea entered in case involving elderly victim

The Joplin Globe

A Joplin man pleaded guilty Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court to a reduced charge in a case involving the defrauding of an elderly woman on home repairs.

Lewis R. Johnson, 43, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of financial exploitation of the elderly in a plea deal with the Jasper County prosecutor’s office. Johnson had been facing a felony count of the offense for accepting and cashing a $400 check from an 83-year-old woman for repairs of her home in Joplin that were never performed.

Circuit Judge David Dally accepted the plea agreement and assessed Johnson one year in jail, with execution of the sentence suspended and the defendant placed on probation for a year. He also is required to pay $400 in restitution.