From staff reports
A Jasper County jury convicted a Carthage man Thursday of robbing two other men at gunpoint at a house in Joplin.
Terrell E. Prine, 28, was found guilty of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action at the end of a three-day trial in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin. In a subsequent sentencing phase of the trial, the jury recommended that the defendant should serve 10 years on the robbery count and three years on the second count.
Circuit Judge David Mouton set formal sentencing for Sept. 13. Former Lawrence County Prosecutor Robert George was appointed special prosecutor in the case because of a conflict of interest for the Jasper County prosecutor’s office.
Prine robbed Gary Mitchell and Bradley Clark of about $100 in cash on Jan. 14 at Clark’s home on West Eighth Street. Prine and Mitchell got into an argument that preceded the robbery, and Prine went to his vehicle and returned with a handgun.
A shot was fired through a wall of the house during the course of the robbery. Prine fled in a vehicle with his girlfriend, and Mitchell chased after him while dialing 911 to report the crime. Prine’s vehicle was stopped by police minutes later at 25th and Main streets, and he was arrested.
Police found the gun in the 1500 block of South Jackson Avenue, where Prine’s girlfriend reportedly confirmed that he had thrown it from their vehicle.