The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

May 15, 2012

Woman ordered to serve time in robbery case

A Jasper County judge has sent a Carl Junction woman to prison for four years for repeatedly punching a store’s security employee in the face when she was confronted about shoplifting a pair of shoes.

Brittany S. Hartfield, 25, pleaded guilty Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court to an amended count of second-degree attempted robbery in a plea agreement with the county prosecutor’s office.

Hartfield waived her right to a sentencing-assessment report as part of the deal, which limited the prison time she might be required to serve to no more than four years. She was facing the possibility of five to 15 years for a conviction.

Circuit Judge Gayle Crane accepted the plea bargain and assessed the defendant the prison term.

Hartfield walked out of the J.C. Penney store in Northpark Mall in Joplin on Dec. 20 without paying for a pair of Nike shoes that she had put on her feet. When employee Christyn Plumb tried to get her to return to the store with the shoes, Hartfield punched her in the face five times and bit her on her arm, according to a court document.

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