The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

March 21, 2014

Diamond man draws probation in weapon case

A judge granted a Diamond man a suspended sentence and probation Friday on a felony weapon conviction.

Circuit Judge David Mouton assessed Nathan A. Jones-Drake, 27, an underlying term of four years for unlawful use of a weapon, but suspended execution of the sentence and placed him on probation for five years. A jury convicted Jones-Drake of the offense in a trial Jan. 13 in Jasper County Circuit Court.

The conviction stems from an arrest Feb. 21, 2012, following a police pursuit of a vehicle that Jones-Drake was driving in Joplin. The pursuit ended when he crashed into a fence, and got out and tried to run. He was caught and a handgun was recovered outside the vehicle.

A police officer testified at trial that he saw the gun illegally concealed in the back of the defendant’s waistband when his shirt came up as he tried to jump over the fence and get away.

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