A Joplin man pleaded guilty Monday to a felony domestic assault charge in a plea agreement that leaves open the possibility that he might be granted probation.
Scott E. Buck, 48, pleaded guilty in Jasper County Circuit Court to second-degree domestic assault.
His plea deal would limit the sentence he might be assessed to no more than four years, and the prosecutor has agreed not to oppose any recommendation that he receive a suspended sentence and probation.
Circuit Judge David Dally ordered a sentencing-assessment report and set a sentencing hearing for Aug. 20.
Buck had been facing a sentence of up to seven years for an assault on Heather Shook, his wife at the time, on Sept. 8 of last year. A probable-cause affidavit states that Buck became jealous and upset when the father of Shook’s child called their home. In reaction to the call, Buck punched her several times, breaking her nose, the affidavit said.
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