The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 13, 2013

Joplin woman granted probation in assault case

From staff reports

— A Joplin woman was assessed a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to a reduced charge in a robbery case.

Stacey M. Shamblen, 36, who was facing a charge of first-degree robbery, pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor assault instead at a hearing Wednesday in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Associate Judge Richard Copeland accepted Shamblen’s plea agreement with the prosecutor’s office and assessed her one year in jail, with execution of the sentence suspended and the defendant placed on supervised probation for two years. The judge also ordered Shamblen to pay John Washington $40 in restitution.

Shamblen was accused of robbing Washington of that amount of cash on March 28 during an incident at Washington’s residence on Mineral Avenue in Joplin. A probable-cause affidavit alleged that Shamblen and another woman were visiting Washington when Shamblen threatened him with one of his kitchen knives and demanded his cash.