The sentencing of Joplin businesswoman Peggy Newton on a wire fraud conviction was postponed a second time Monday in U.S. District Court in Springfield.
The U.S. attorney’s office and the 39-year-old defendant and her attorney apparently remain at odds over the recommended length of sentence and the restitution request contained in a pre-sentence investigation report.
The federal government’s electronic court records system shows that the two sides met Monday in District Judge Richard Dorr’s chambers in lieu of a sentencing hearing that had been reset from May 7. A new date has yet to be scheduled.
Newton pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud on Oct. 14 in a plea deal with the U.S. attorney’s office. An original 25-count indictment alleged that she defrauded Diane Pine, her partner in a Joplin home decor business, Evergreen & Amber, by forging checks on the store’s bank accounts, and using Pine’s credit cards and the store’s credit cards for her own benefit and personal use.
The government is seeking a prison term of 63 months and a restitution order for $282,149.95. The original indictment maintained that the extent of the fraud exceeded $300,000.
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No injuries reported in garage fire
The Joplin city fire marshal is investigating a fire that erupted early today in the garage of a home at 3316 S. Delaware Ave.
Barricaded man commits suicide
A 32-year-old man took his own life Tuesday night after barricading himself in an upstairs room of his home and firing several gunshots.
Monett residents hurt in accident in Barry County
Two residents of Monett were injured in a two-vehicle accident at 3:17 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 60, less than three miles west of Monett in Barry County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Fire extensively damages home; woman escapes
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — The cause of a Tuesday morning fire that burned the roof of a home in Carl Junction remains undetermined.
Police probing possible case of felony assault
Joplin police are investigating a possible felony assault that landed a 63-year-old man in an intensive care unit at Freeman Hospital West.
Joplin Court Log
Joplin court log for July 29, 2014.
Three injured in car accident east of Noel
Three people were injured in a single-vehicle accident at 11:50 p.m. Sunday on Route H, two miles east of Noel in McDonald County, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Joplin man tells police of being assaulted, robbed
A 34-year-old man reported being assaulted and robbed Saturday by two men he met at a Joplin bar.
Seneca man draws concurrent term in sexual abuse case
A 39-year-old man who sexually abused a girl over a four-year period in both Joplin and Seneca received a 15-year sentence Monday in Newton County that will run concurrently with a term he received earlier this year in Jasper County.
Joplin couple indicted on child pornography charges
A federal grand jury today indicted a Joplin couple for alleged sexual exploitation of a second child in addition to a girl who was the subject of a previous indictment of the husband for producing and distributing child pornography.
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