The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 16, 2012

Teenager granted suspended sentence in robbery


An 18-year-old man received a suspended sentence Friday for robbing a convenience store in Joplin.

Circuit Judge David Mouton granted Christopher Tate, of Joplin, a suspended imposition of sentence on a conviction for second-degree robbery.

Tate originally was charged with first-degree robbery for holding up the Kum & Go store at 1631 E. Fourth St. with an accomplice, Johnathan J. Young, 20, on Nov. 10, 2011. Tate pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of second-degree robbery on Aug. 31 in a plea deal with the prosecutor’s office that limited the prison time he might receive to 10 years.

Mouton noted the defendant’s lack of prior offenses in granting the suspended sentence and placing him on supervised probation for five years. The judge also ordered Tate to pay the store $220 in restitution.

His accomplice, Young, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery in another division of the court and was sentenced in October to 15 years, with execution of his sentence suspended and the defendant placed on probation for five years.

As a condition of probation, Young was ordered to be turned over to the Missouri Department of Corrections for completion of a drug-treatment program.